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VOLUNTARY SECTOR TROUBLED

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Voluntary organisations' strained funding should be recognised in the bidding process for welfare to to work initia...
Voluntary organisations' strained funding should be recognised in the bidding process for welfare to to work initiatives, local government delegates were told this week.

Speaking at the Local Government Association's welfare to work conference, the chief executive of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Tom Flood, said the Employment Service had indicated it was unhappy about welfare to work funds going towards capacity building.

'But you can't ignore the fact that bodies who help deliver aspects of the programme will need some support,' he said.

There was also a risk that the voluntary sector option for 'new deal' trainees would be led by organisations other than voluntary bodies, he said.

Guidelines for the first welfare to work programmes say the Employment Service must be involved as a partner in all bids.
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