Children's groups being 'edged out'

Indira Das-Gupta

Children's charities are being pushed to the periphery of public service provision by local authorities that fail to work in an integrated way, according to Andy Haines, chief executive of the Together Trust.

The relationship between local authorities and charities is patchy, despite the Government encouraging such partnerships as part of its Every Child Matters agenda, Haines told Third Sector after a recent meeting of the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations.

"Many local authorities prefer to deliver childcare services themselves and are even taking services back in-house," he said. "There is a great deal of uncertainty about whether contracts will be renewed as we approach the end of the financial year."

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