November 10, 2006 10:56 ET

Amicus demands removal of competition from the voluntary sector

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - Amicus met with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Timms MP this week and made its' case for competition to be removed from the funding process in order to develop the best services to the most vulnerable in society.

Cutting waste and enabling organisations to work more collaboratively was high on the agenda at the meeting led by Jim Dobbin MP, who leads on the Voluntary and Community Sector for Amicus.

Rachael Maskell, Amicus National Officer, said:

"If funding mechanisms are not urgently put right in the Third Sector it will be like building your essential services on sand - they will fall flat when the next pressure comes their way. In fact, it would have already done so but for the extraordinary dedication of staff in the sector."

Amicus highlighted the need for employees in the sector to be recognised for their contribution for delivering services by enabling them to have good terms and conditions including opportunities for acquiring skills and training like their counterparts in the public services.

A reorganisation in the way money is distributed to the Third Sector would also enable better co-ordination, more effective support between organisations and producing economies of scale. In particular it would enable smaller organisations to raise its levels of expertise in the way that they manage staff and run their projects.

Rachael Maskell added:

"Amicus' agenda for the Third Sector, endorsed by those working in front line services as well as many organisations, is the progressive way forward and as soon as Government takes this agenda on board the better it will be for the Third Sector as a whole, the employees and ultimately the service users."


Amicus represents over 30,000 members working for the Third Sector.

Contact Information

  • Amicus National Officer
    Rachael Maskell
    07768 693933
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761