NCVO asks for documents on axed Campaigning Research Programme

Stuart Etherington uses Freedom of Information Act to request details from the Office of the Third Sector

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, has submitted a freedom of information request to the Office of the Third Sector asking for all documentation relating to the axed Campaigning Research Programme.

The £750,000 fund, which was launched earlier this year to help small organisations develop their campaigning capacity, was abolished earlier this month by third sector minister Angela Smith, three weeks after organisations had been told their bids were successful.

Smith said the money would be added to the OTS's £16.7m Hardship Fund, which supports struggling sector organisations that provide services to disadvantaged people.

Etherington's request asks for all generic information and documents relating to the Campaigning Research Programme, including material relating to the reasons for its withdrawal and any consultation exercise or impact assessment carried out before the decision was taken.

It also asks for details of the budgets for the OTS, Futurebuilders and Capacitybuilders during the current financial year and of spending to date.

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