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Government 'shame' over third sector - Wednesday 28 March 2007

The government may be holding a love-in with the voluntary sector, but not all Whitehall departments appear to practise what their political masters preach.

The Home Office has been named and shamed as the worst offender - for axing funding to the voluntary sector without warning, failing to pay up front for the delivery of services, and not funding the full cost of agreed work.

It comes top of a list of government departments, published today, that have breached the compact - an agreement between the voluntary sector and the state for the contracting-out of services and payment of grants. The Home Office received 16 complaints, followed by the Department for Education and Skills with 10. Of the 101 cases handled by the Compact Advocacy Programme (Cap) between 2003 and 2006, more than three-quarters were breaches by central government departments and 23% by local statutory agencies. Overall, 60% of compact breaches were for funding and procurement and 25% for failing to give voluntary organisations enough time to respond to consultations. All eight breaches by the Department for Communities and Local Government were for inadequate length of consultation.

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