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Charities march on Number 10 - Wednesday, 1 February 2006

The voluntary sector has never been in more demand from the state. Barely a white paper passes without a ministerial direction that charities should be key providers of public services.

Yesterday, a delegation from the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo) met the prime minister Tony Blair to gauge his resolve on third-sector contracting.

They told him that a number of key voluntary organisations were willing to take up contracts to provide services in areas such as prisons, probation, Jobcentre Plus, education and health.

But they warned that if this was to become a reality, the government had to get to grips with funding obstacles holding back the sector. Acevo wants minimum five-year service contracts, and contracts of 10-15 years where capital investment is required.

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