Service delivery charities raise concerns with Prime Minister

Funding cuts, VAT and the need for capital are raised in meeting with David Cameron and other ministers

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron

A group of public service delivery charities have warned the Prime Minister about the impact of cuts on the voluntary sector at a meeting to discuss their role in the reform of public services.

Members of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s Public Service Delivery Network met David Cameron and other ministers, including Greg Clark, the decentralisation minister, and Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, at 10 Downing Street last week.

The delegation also raised concerns about the problems caused by VAT on shared services, the impact of changes in NHS commissioning and the sector’s need for capital, particularly when public services are commissioned on a payment-by-results basis.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, attended the meeting. He said later: "This meeting let our members communicate directly to the Prime Minister and other government representatives the challenges and opportunities they face.

"The delivery and reform of public services is at the heart of the big society vision, so sharing examples of good and bad practice gives a valuable steer on how to ensure the sector is supported to play a full part in this.  

"We hope that the government will continue to listen to and act on the sector’s views in the months ahead."

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