Capacitybuilders 'not a Government stooge'

Capacitybuilders has hit back at claims by the Directory of Social Change that it is driving forward the Government's agenda.

Ben Wittenberg, head of policy and research at the DSC, last week accused Capacitybuilders of supporting the Government's public service delivery agenda rather than the charity sector as a whole (Third Sector, 24 January).

Simon Hebditch, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, has responded by accusing the DSC of using "tendentious language".

He said: "It is entirely untrue that our plans are based on driving forward a Government agenda around public service delivery. I have always said that this is just one aspect of voluntary sector interest."

Capacitybuilders initially said it would not comment on the debate about its strategy document Destination 2014 until after the three-month consultation period. But forthright interventions from the DSC and the NCVO have provoked an early response.

Hebditch added that Capacitybuilders simply wanted "to enable organisations, whether service providers or campaigners, to better achieve their objectives".

- See Letters, page 17.

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