The Communities and Local Government department has expanded its voluntary and community sector partnership board following the introduction of the Localism Act.
The board, which advises the department, used to include representatives from umbrella bodies the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Acevo, Navca, Social Enterprise UK and the Community Sector Coalition, alongside representatives of local authorities and some individuals.
All those voluntary sector organisations, except the Community Sector Coalition, are still on the board, but several new groups have been added, along with various funders and innovators.
A CLG spokeswoman said the board had been restructured in recognition of the "crucial role the sector has to play as communities are given new freedoms to achieve their own ambitions".
She said members would "share their on-the-ground expertise and intelligence on how policies are being delivered, generate new ideas in taking forward strategic challenges and raise any concerns over progress or barriers to delivery".
The board will meet four times a year and groups might be created to fulfil specific tasks. Membership is voluntary but costs are reimbursed.
The board will focus on the following areas: neighbourhoods, the big society and community rights, planning, housing and integration.
Social Enterprise UK