Welsh Government to look afresh at Third Sector Relationship

Welsh Government to look afresh at Third Sector Relationship

The Welsh Government has announced plans to re-examine its relationship with the third sector.

Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Local Government and Communities, issued a statement announcing that the Welsh Government would ‘look afresh’ at its relationship with sector organisations.

The statement announced plans to update several documents, including the Third Sector Scheme and its Action Plan, as well the Code of Practice for Funding the Sector. Carl Sargeant said: “We need to ensure that our working and funding arrangement to support the sector take account of the Programme for Government. I am keen that the support we give to the sector supports activity that helps to tackle poverty and focuses on outcomes. I believe there is scope to improve the ways that the Welsh Government and the sector work together.”

He continued: “I want this to be a collaborative and open process. There will be a formal consultation process later this year. A reference group of people from the sector, key stakeholders and officials will be formed to inform that process, and a number of informal workshops will be hosted across Wales to seek views.

“The outcomes will help shape the future of the working and funding relationship between Welsh Government and the third sector in Wales.”

The Minister also said that he had approved an interim Partnership Agreement and funding to cover the transitional period from January 2013 to March 2014, until the outcome of the consultation is known.

Graham Benfield OBE, Chief Executive of WCVA, said: “We look forward to this fresh look leading to practical improvements in the way that Welsh Government works with and supports the third sector.

“We hope that organisations will engage fully with this process, and take this opportunity to identify how government can better assist their work into the future.”

Source WCVA