Government allots £6m to aid sector's capacity-building

The Government has announced the first tranche of money for its programme to support voluntary sector infrastructure.

Some £6.25m has been allocated to help voluntary organisations deliver high-quality public services, the Government said.

Part of the money will be used to improve communications and capacity in areas with little or no voluntary sector infrastructure.

Home Secretary David Blunkett also published a consultation document, Building Civil Renewal, which states that community capacity-building should be led by local needs and avoid overly bureaucratic procedures.

Ben Hughes, chief executive of community groups umbrella body Bassac, welcomed the document as reflecting the community sector's long-term concerns.

But he lamented the fact that while the voluntary sector infrastructure has millions of pounds in government funds attached to it, civil renewal has nothing. "This is not going to happen on thin air," he said.

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