Ministries will have to publish details of spending on sector

Members of Commission on Big Society hear from Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, that government must become more transparent

Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd

All government departments will have to publish details of how much they spend on the voluntary sector in grants and contracts, the Cabinet Office has confirmed

Representatives from the Commission on Big Society, the group set up by the chief executives body Acevo and chaired by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, said Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, had told them in a recent meeting that the government must become more transparent about public spending on the voluntary sector.

They said he told them a clause had been written into each Whitehall department’s business plan that said they must publish the data as soon as possible.

An Office for Civil Society spokeswoman confirmed this and said each department had a different deadline for doing it.

Greg Clark, the decentralisation minister, said in March that he had asked all local authorities to publish details of their spending on the voluntary sector.

The commission representatives said Hurd also told them the OCS would publish a formal response to the Commission on Big Society’s report, which was published last month and called for a repeat of the government’s £100m Transition Fund and for statutory force to be used against councils that made disproportionate funding cuts to the voluntary sector.

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