Charity Commission chief executive accused of talking 'technocratic nonsense'

Kevin Curley of Navca takes exception to Sam Younger's suggestion that the sector should move from a grant to a contract mentality

Sam Younger
Sam Younger

Sam Younger has been accused of talking "technocratic nonsense" about grants and contracts in his first speech this week as Charity Commission chief executive.

At a conference in London, Younger said charities wanting to capitalise on the voluntary sector’s rise up the political agenda had to "move from a grant mentality - the expectation that they will be supported because their heart is in the right place - to a contract mentality".

Kevin Curley, chief executive of local infrastructure support group Navca, a strong defender of grants, has written to Younger asking him to explain his comments.

"This is technocratic nonsense," said Curley in a statement. "Younger’s reference to ‘grant mentality’ is out of step with mainstream thinking.

"All major political parties recognise the value of grant funding and support it as a cost-effective means of getting money to where it’s most needed locally.

"This is deeply disappointing at a time when local authority grant funding budgets are under threat."

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