Sector bodies to present 'big offer' to Alistair Darling

Acevo's Stephen Bubb and other chief executives will urge the Chancellor to give charities an enlarged role in the provision of public services

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, and a small group of other charity chief executives will meet the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, next Thursday to present their ‘big offer' on how the third sector can redesign public services.

Bubb will argue that a wider role for charities in public services could result in "major long-term savings" for the Treasury and provide an alternative to "salami-slice cuts", which could damage both public services and third sector organisations. 

Bubb will use the meeting to highlight examples of preventive services already delivered by the sector in health, social care and offender management.

In December, a letter to Darling from more than 260 Acevo members proposed a summit to discuss how the sector and government could "carry out far-reaching reforms of public services".

In his reply to the Acevo letter, Darling said he would "be grateful if you and your members could provide government with further examples and information to build the evidence base around the third sector's ability to deliver efficiencies for government".

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