Tories announce plan to deregulate voluntary sector

Conservative-controlled councils will be enlisted in a project to deregulate government relations with the voluntary sector, Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith said at the party's conference last week.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting organised by Conservative Renewing One Nation Unit, Duncan Smith promised a Voluntary Society Bill in the first Queen's speech of a future Conservative government to reduce regulations and involve voluntary groups in areas from which they're now excluded.

But he said that Conservative councils would play a role over the next three years in delivering this vision. "During the next three years we hope to take control of more local authorities to identify and promote best practice with the voluntary sector,

he said.

He also announced plans to find ways in which voluntary groups could become involved in services currently executed by government and a review of funding mechanisms to channel funds to "diverse, innovative and local projects".

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