“Both main political parties have highlighted the third sector’s important role in building a civil society. It is therefore disappointing that the new Local Area Agreements have not embraced the potential of the third sector to help deliver public services.
“More needs to be done by the departments involved and by local authorities to understand the work of third sector organisations, and how it can be used to obtain better value for money in delivering services.”
Neil Cleeveley, Director of Information and Policy at the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), said:
“NAVCA welcomes this report and is pleased that the Government is starting to address the issues it raises. Many of our members have been heavily involved in their Local Area Agreement, giving a good deal of time and effort to make them a success, often with very little recognition.
“NAVCA wants to see local area agreements work – the local third sector has a key role helping to bring about the improved public services they promise, especially in the most disadvantaged communities. It is still relatively early days – however NAVCA and its members will do all we can to help our partners in the public sector make the most of the third sector’s potential.”