NAO to research government links

Nathalie Thomas

The National Audit Office is to carry out more work to improve the funding relationship between government and the voluntary sector.

The NAO has created a new research post to improve its ability to monitor the interaction between the two sectors - a move that could result in training and guidance for government bodies engaging with third-sector organisations.

Value-for-money studies are another possibility under the new strategy, the auditor for government departments has hinted.

The NAO first ventured into the voluntary and community sector last year with a report entitled Working With the Third Sector. It found that little progress had been made on full-cost recovery since Treasury recommendations in 2002, and that government departments held inconsistent views on what should be paid for.

An NAO spokesman said the auditor hoped to build on these findings. More details of the strategy should be available by the summer.

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