Tories told big can be beautiful too

Chief executives body Acevo and umbrella group the NCVO are urging the Conservative Party not to overlook the contribution of larger charities in its policies and rhetoric.

Last week's Conservative Party conference emphasised the role that smaller, grass-roots community organisations could play in tackling social breakdown. A number of grass-roots community representatives spoke from the main stage.

Seb Elsworth, head of policy at Acevo, said: "We are concerned that the Conservatives have a tendency to talk only about small community groups. There is also a very significant role for large third sector organisations to play, which is not reflected in Conservative rhetoric."

Pete Moorey, parliamentary and media manager at the NCVO, said: "I don't think it's a bad thing that there has been a lot of talk about smaller charities. They deserve the attention. But there is also a role for larger charities, and the balance needs to be right."

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