Government urged to up charity deals

13 December 2007
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13 December 2007

The OGC and Office of the Third Sector (OTS) must do more to include charities in public sector purchasing.

This is the conclusion of an inquiry commissioned by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo) into why third sector groups miss out on government contracts. It was launched in September after the government awarded 15 Pathways To Work deals to five private sector firms, but only one third sector group was successful (Web news, 18 September).

Acevo said too many of the deals are too big for the charity sector to bid for. They added the regulations were too unwieldy.

A spokesman for the OGC said: "The OGC recognises the importance of government procurers being fully aware of the flexibility in EU procurement regulations to support third sector involvement in public service delivery, and will be working with the OTS to discuss ways to build on raising this awareness."

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