ChangeUp consortia face contract losses

Some local consortia providing the ChangeUp infrastructure programme face losing their contracts as a result of a benchmarking exercise to measure performance.

Capacitybuilders chief executive Simon Hebditch told Third Sector Online that the review of the 127 consortia would result in some losing their contracts.

The benchmarking exercise, which the consortia signed up to in order to access their funding for this year, will see them assessed by consultants to measure their effectiveness. There is bound to be some fall out,” Hebditch said.

Capacitybuilders could axe some of the consortia as early as January. But replacement services will be commissioned to provide the services by dumped consortia, he added.

The news comes as Capacitybuilders assesses feedback from the consultation over its Destination 2014 strategy plans. A seventh national support service, around the theme of vision and leadership, could be added under proposals being considered for services to replace the current hubs of expertise.

Respondents to the consultation also called for the new national services to become more able to respond to need. "Most people were saying we know we need national support services of some description but it must be more demand-led,” Hebditch said.

And the national services must work in unison with the local consortia, he said. “We must make a closer synergy between what people are doing locally and what is happening nationally.”

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