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CVS to close rather than accept council contract - Wednesday 18 July 2007

Kevin Curley, chief executive of umbrella body Navca, has criticised the decision of a Council for Voluntary Service in the West Midlands to close rather than tender for a council contract that it said would seriously undermine its independence.

Solihull CVS, which was set up in 1974, objected to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s decision to put voluntary sector support out to tender. The CVS claimed the successful bidder would effectively become a “sub-division of the local authority”, acting as “a delivery arm for specified services, as opposed to an independent facilitator of support to the voluntary and community sector in Solihull”. The local authority strongly denies the claims.

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