National Audit Office and Office of the Third Sector publications will help charities and public bodies cut red tape

Guides published to ease the burden of monitoring requirements on voluntary organisations

Two new guides have been published to help public bodies reduce their monitoring demands on charities.

Intelligent Monitoring and Principles of Proportionate Monitoring have been published by the National Audit Office and the Office of the Third Sector respectively.

The publications say that cutting unnecessary red tape would allow third sector organisations to provide services more effectively.

Principles of Proportionate Monitoring says government departments should talk to charities when they are drawing up monitoring requirements.

Rob Prideaux, director of third sector value for money services at the NAO, said the new guidelines would lead to more reasonable monitoring of expenditure in the third sector.

Principles of Proportionate Reporting has been published in response to a report by New Philanthropy Capital published in September. It said being monitored by external bodies cost charities an average of 6p in every pound of funding they received.

Third sector minister Angela Smith said: "This announcement is one step in a programme of reform to bring the third sector’s strengths into public services.

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