Lobby briefing: Ed Miliband, third sector minister

Miliband explains how the newly announced training programme for public service delivery commissioners will work in practice.

How will the commissioners' training programme you announced last week work?

That will be decided by the programme director at the Local Government Association's Improvement and Development Agency, who will be supported by the steering group.

What is important about this is that it will try to feed into some of the existing programmes at government departments and local authorities.

It will try in various different ways to bring home to commissioners the relevance of the third sector.

How will the third sector representatives on the steering group be selected?

It's more for the development agency, in consultation with us, to decide exactly how those people will be brought on board.

The important thing for me is diversity, so that the whole range of third sector experiences are reflected on the board. We really want a diversity of representatives from the social enterprise sector, large charities and small charities. It's also important to add that this initiative is going to be jointly owned by the sector.

Will the programme stop after you have reached your target of 2,000 commissioners?

I believe it will initially run for two years. We'll obviously then have to judge its success and see whether there's further to go and how much else it can do.

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