Survey puts a case for seconding civil servants to sector

Charities strongly believe that civil servants should be seconded into charities so that they can understand how government bureaucracy and red tape impacts on the sector.

The proposal was one of several put forward in a survey of 170 major charities by financial advisers Grant Thornton.

Michael Rogerson, the firm's head of charities, said: "The DTI has seconded civil servants to a number of businesses over the years, but I don't believe that they have done the same for charities. It would help them to understand what the bureaucracy is like."

The survey also found that charities engaged in providing frontline public services in areas such as mental health and social care were under increasing pressure because of under-funding.

Local authority contracts for these services paid for the core provision, but did not cover the costs of research, training, facilities and organisational structure, said Rogerson.

"Charities would like to see far more support for really essential services that the Government is increasingly moving across to the charity sector," he said.

See Fundraising News, p6.

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