Home Office brings both sides in the IT hub row to the table

Members of the two voluntary sector alliances that are trying to improve the sector's use of IT finally came face-to-face on Monday at a roundtable meeting hosted by the Active Community Unit (ACU).

Most of the members of Citra and the NCVO-led ICT Consortium attended the meeting, which was called by the ACU after the two groups failed to reach any accord on the future shape of the Changeup ICT hub.

The ACU has stated publicly that it is expecting one bid from the sector for the hub funding, and organised Monday's meeting to facilitate dialogue between the groups.

At the meeting, the two sides committed to agreeing a structure for a new hub group that would represent the views of both coalitions. ICT Consortium project manager Nicky Thompson and Citra member William Hoyle from the Charity Technology Trust were appointed as independent chairs to examine what has happened up until now and plan the way forward.

John Tate, chair of Citra, said it was a positive meeting and he was confident that with the ACU's help, progress would be made.

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