The government will review restrictions imposed on charities by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations as part of its plans to cut red tape in the voluntary sector, according to civil society minister Nick Hurd.
At a round-table discussion with front-line charity staff yesterday, organised by the Directory of Social Change, Hurd was asked whether the government would make it easier for charities to set up projects delivering public services that had previously been delivered by local authorities.
Charities struggled to do this, he was told, because they were unable to change the job titles, salaries, sick pay arrangements and, in some cases, pension arrangements of staff that had been transferred from local authorities.
"I know this is a big issue for some charities delivering public services," Hurd said. "We will look at what we can do to make it easier. One of our main priorities is making it easier for charities to do business with the state."
Hurd said cutting red tape and reforming public service commissioning were high on the agenda of the Office for Civil Society. He said the department would publish a plan for public service reform early next year.