Academic warns against merger

An academic has advised local infrastructure organisations in County Durham against merging because of their mutual distrust.

"Funding pressures and deepening threats to organisational survival have polarised opinion," said a report by Rob Macmillan, research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. "As a result, there seems to be little trust between individuals and organisations in the area."

But there was a case for change, he said, and some organisations might choose to merge.

One Voice Network, which represents councils for voluntary service and volunteer centres in the county, had asked Macmillan to examine voluntary sector infrastructure.

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