Uncertainty over funding of Skills - Third Sector

Support for the workforce improvement body has not yet been confirmed beyond March

Skills - Third Sector
Skills - Third Sector

Neither Skills – Third Sector nor its two government funders are able to confirm whether its financial support will continue beyond March.

The organisation, which was established in 2008 to improve the voluntary sector workforce, received £1m a year for the first three years of its existence. But its funding was halved last year and guaranteed for just 12 months.

The Office for Civil Society and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, an agency of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, pledged £250,000 each for the current financial year.

With less than three months of the financial year remaining, a decision has yet to be made. A spokeswoman for Skills – Third Sector, which is based in Sheffield and has charitable status, said it was unable to discuss the matter publicly.

An OCS spokeswoman said: "A decision on funding will be finalised soon." A spokeswoman for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills said a decision would be made in March.

Communities and Local Government’s Best Value Statutory Guidance, published last September and applicable to all government bodies, says voluntary organisations should receive at least three months’ notice of funding cuts.

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