Navca calls for a reduction in red tape

Natalie Thomas

Navca has written to the Government urging it to cut the bureaucratic burden on local voluntary and community organisations that deliver statutory contracts.

It has produced a new report, For Good Measure, outlining how this could be achieved. The organisation says reporting requirements are disproportionate to the size of grants and organisations, often hindering them from delivering services.

According to Neil Cleeveley, director of information and policy at Navca, the Government has realised the need to cut red tape in relation to its own departments, but it also needs to do the same for the sector.

"We support the plea for more proportionate regulation of local authorities and NHS trusts," Cleeveley said. "But surely what is good for them must apply equally to the small voluntary groups that they fund."

Cleeveley highlighted a Sussex-based group, Impact Initiatives, which was audited eight times in six weeks.

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