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The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is to review Groundwork, the ...
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is to review Groundwork, the

environmental regeneration charity.

The government is committed to quality and continuous improvement.

As part of this, it is important to review regularly whether

individual bodies continue to be the best way to deliver the services

for which they are funded, and if they are, how delivery of these

services can be improved in the future. Reviews of Groundwork are

conducted about once every five years.

This review of Groundwork will assess the extent to which

Groundwork's functions are necessary for the achievement of ODPM's

policies, and whether there is scope for changing the relationship

between ODPM and Groundwork to reflect more appropriately the

government's policies for improving local liveability and creating

sustainable communities. It will also examine progress made by

Groundwork since the last review took place in 1999/2000. As part of

the review, ODPM will consult widely with those organisations with an

interest in Groundwork's activities.

The contract for the first stage of the review has been awarded to

consultants Baker Associates with Alison Millward Associates. A

final report will be published during 2005.

Groundwork's purpose is to build sustainable communities through

joint environmental action - making places cleaner, safer and

greener. Groundwork aims to do this by getting residents, businesses

and other local organisations involved in practical projects that

improve quality of life, bring about regeneration and lay the

foundations for sustainable development.


1. Groundwork is a charity. It is not created by statute, nor do

ministers appoint its board members. It is not any other type of

public body. Nevertheless, ODPM provides significant resources to

Groundwork, and both parties have agreed that it would be appropriate

for ODPM to review its sponsorship of Groundwork every five years or

so. Reviews have been undertaken regularly (1990, 1994 and 1999).

This will be a light touch review in line with Cabinet Office

Guidance. Current (2004/05)[sponsorship of Groundwork by ODPM is


2. Groundwork is a federation of trusts in England, Wales and

Northern Ireland, each working with their partners to improve the

quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the

success of local businesses in areas in need of investment and

support. Groundwork's vision is of a society made up of sustainable

communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the

local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise


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