environmental regeneration charity.
The government is committed to quality and continuous improvement.
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