MPs demand answers on value of ChangeUp and Futurebuilders

Commons Public Accounts Committee to hear evidence after critical National Audit Office report

Three senior voluntary sector figures are to be grilled by MPs about why two key Government initiatives to strengthen the third sector have not yet demonstrated value for money.

The National Audit Office report Building the Capacity of the Third Sector, published in February, said the Government's ChangeUp and Futurebuilders programmes, begun in 2004 and worth £446m, had wasted money and been dogged by management weaknesses.

"Financial administration was a mess from the start," Edward Leigh MP, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said of ChangeUp when the report was published.

The committee has asked Campbell Robb, director general of the Office of the Third Sector, Jonathan Lewis, chief executive of Futurebuilders, and Matt Leach, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, which has managed ChangeUp since 2006, to attend an evidence hearing on 27 April.

The PAC will then submit a report to Parliament, and the Government will have two months to respond.

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