CBI wants help for partner research

The Confederation of British Industry has said it would be prepared to research how more private-voluntary partnerships could be established if the voluntary sector contributed funds to the project.

The CBI last week published a report on how to promote public-private partnerships. It told Third Sector it would be keen to do the same for the private and voluntary sectors - if funds could be found.

Matthew Maxwell Scott, a press officer at the CBI, said charities had traditionally been reluctant to finance such research. "Our resources are also limited," he said.

Maxwell Scott added that the CBI was in favour of private-voluntary partnerships, but politicians should not overestimate or guess at the proportion of charities that wanted to get involved in public service delivery.

"It's an important observation," he said.

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