Local community groups should have a greater say in the commissioning of public services, according to Stephen Bubb, head of chief executives body Acevo.
Speaking in London yesterday about the new government's big society agenda, Bubb said the commissioning process must be "democratised" to give communities and third sector organisations more say in local commissioning decisions.
He called for a reform of public service delivery by "breaking down the systems and structures that put power in the hands of commissioners or producers, and enabling services to be built by and around people and communities". This would enable third sector organisations to play a bigger role, said Bubb.
"Commissioning processes in government are cumbersome, bureaucratic and often centred on the needs of state bureaucracies rather than the needs of citizens and communities, or consumer choice," he said.
He also called on the government to look to the US Community Reinvestment Act model, which is used to help the not-for-profit sector secure loans from banks.
He said the adoption of a similar model in the UK would help build the capacity of third sector organisations and expand the market.