Decisions on ChangeUp 'have already been made'

The consultation on the future of the ChangeUp infrastructure programme has been described as a "stitch-up" by the Directory of Social Change.

Its chief executive, Debra Allcock Tyler, has claimed that, even though Capacitybuilders' consultation on ChangeUp was not due to close until Friday, "decisions appear to have already been made". She said the DSC was concerned that 'national support services' were apparently being lined up to replace the six national hubs of expertise, with "the inference that Capacitybuilders is already writing the tender documents for something that isn't supposed to have been decided yet". She said her information came from concerned DSC customers.

Simon Hebditch, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, insisted work on the tender documents had not started: "It is an open, genuine consultation."

A spokesman for the NCVO, which runs four hubs and says it will bid to run future services, said it expected the consultation to be conducted in a "robust and compact-compliant way".

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