Blunkett report challenge to 'breakdown Britain'

Large-scale contracting should be avoided and a 'one-stop shop' created out of support funds Capacitybuilders and Futurebuilders, former Home Secretary David Blunkett will tell sector leaders today.

Launching his new policy paper on the sector at the NCVO Political Conference today, he will outline 56 recommendations for neighbourhood empowerment, philanthropy, volunteering, trade unions, social enterprise and cooperatives.

Blunkett told Third Sector he hoped the Government would implement some of the policies before the next general election. "The more ambitious proposals could be incorporated into the manifesto for the election itself," he said.

He added that he would ask Alistair Darling to include funding in the next Budget for a pilot programme for a "civil volunteer corps" for people aged 16 to 25.

"I wanted to move the debate on from Iain Duncan Smith's Breakdown Britain," he said. "The answer to breakdown Britain is civil society: the glue that holds us together. We want people to respond in a spirit of moving on the debate."


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