27 March 2003
Public-sector purchasers of community-based services such as drug counselling and child protection are being urged to form closer ties with voluntary groups.
Charities minister Lord Filkin told delegates at a public-sector procurement conference in London that tackling such issues needed open communication.
But he regretted that voluntary groups had not received an increase in work comparable with that of the private sector under the current government.
Filkin, who is also parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Home Office, said ministers were meeting voluntary groups to discuss how all partners could form links and become more innovative in delivering services.
"Purchasers will have to develop a mindset focused on outcome, without cost minimisation as its central objective," he said.