Reliance on the state 'inevitable'

Nathalie Thomas

It is both inevitable and necessary that many third sector organisations are reliant on government funding, according to third sector minister Ed Miliband.

Speaking at the Acevo summer forum last week, Miliband said many organisations prided themselves on their voluntary funding base, and he welcomed that.

He said it was inevitable that others would be reliant because "it arises as the state diversifies its methods of delivery"; and it was necessary because "the only alternative is the state abdicating its responsibilities and leaving the third sector to pick up the pieces".

Miliband, who has been in office for just over a month, added that the Government and the voluntary sector needed to take a step forward and increase the role of charities in public service delivery.

"We must raise our game in working out how we can transfer successful practice from the third sector back into the public sector," he said.

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The Treasury and the Office of Charity and Third Sector Finance are offering limited places for their regional programme of consultation on the future role of the sector in social and economic regeneration. Ed Miliband, minister for the third sector, is expected to be there. The events will be held throughout June and July at locations around England. Those wishing to attend are being invited to email vcs.rsvp@hm-treasury.gsi.gov.uk to request a place.

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