Hurd calls for feedback on Tory councils

Tell us when we're getting it wrong, says shadow third sector minister

Shadow third sector minister Nick Hurd has asked charities to tell him if they have bad experiences of working with Conservative-run councils.

The Tory MP told delegates at the Funding the Future conference in Westminster yesterday that there was a wide disparity between the best and worst councils for charities to work with, and that this gap needed to be narrowed.

"We want to make the business of doing business with government easier and we want to make sure that we do no harm," he said.

"Can you please let me know where your experience of working with Conservative councils is good and where it is bad, and I will take an interest in that."

He said the majority of councils that the third sector worked with were Conservative-run, and that part of his job was to work with those councils "to produce the best results on the ground".

Hurd also criticised the Government for its handling of funds raised for good causes through the National Lottery.

"Our view is that the Big Lottery Fund has been abused by the Government over the past 10 years and we want to make it easier for the fund to operate," he said.

The Conservatives' green paper for the sector, Voluntary Action in the 21st Century, proposes that the Big Lottery Fund be replaced with a Voluntary Action Lottery Fund, where cash would be legally protected against government raids.

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