Is this the end for the third sector?

The third sector could soon be banished from town halls across England thanks to a crackdown by the Local Government Association.

'Third sector' is number 92 in a list of 100 'non-words' the LGA is urging councils to stop using in a bid to help them communicate more effectively. Councils should instead use the words 'charities and voluntary organisations', it says.

"The public sector cannot, should not and must not hide behind impenetrable jargon and phrases," said Sir Simon Milton, chair of the LGA. "We are striving to make sure that people get the chance to under-stand what services we provide."

'Partnerships', 'community engagement' and 'joint working' could also be ditched by local authorities as part of the crackdown.

The LGA argues that the term 'partnerships' should be replaced with 'working together' and 'engaging users' with 'getting people involved'.

- See Little at Large, page 56.

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