There are too many infrastructure bodies, says Sir Stuart Etherington

Sir Stuart Etherington
Sir Stuart Etherington

There are too many voluntary sector infrastructure bodies offering similar services, according to Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. In a speech in October, Etherington said infrastructure organisations should shrink, merge or even close to ensure the survival of the services they offer. "There are currently about 800 active voluntary sector infrastructure organisations," he said. "This might have been affordable in the era of generous government grants, but under the new financial settlement it is not." Neil Cleeveley, chief executive of the local infrastructure body Navca, said Etherington's comments were refreshing. "Of course infrastructure needs to improve continually, but it is important that we recognise and learn from the progress so many have made," he said.

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