MP adds weight to call for longer contracts

Charities delivering public services should be given longer contracts, a Labour MP has concluded.

After the final Public Administration Select Committee hearing into third sector commissioning on Thursday, Paul Flynn said charities should be given contracts longer than three years so they don't have to work to stay afloat all the time. "Their work is consistently being constrained because they need to concentrate their best resources into securing their own survival," he said.

Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, told the committee that Government policy was leaving charities in limbo (Third Sector Online, 18 January).

The committee will produce a report in late February or soon after.

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