Announcing the three-month consultation, voluntary sector minister Fiona Mactaggart said charities "don't always get the support they need to start up, develop their work, or build partnerships to deliver public service".
But the emphasis on frontline delivery is opposed by NCVO, whose alternative blueprint for the future of the sector's infrastructure gives more weight to strategic and long-term planning. A spokesman said: "We reject the idea this should only be about service delivery mechanisms."
The infrastructure strategy was prompted by the Treasury's public services and voluntary sector review. Most of the £93m given to the Active Community Directorate to implement the review will be spent on the strategy.