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Office for Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations

Open until 6 January 2011.



Posted: 11/12/2010

OCS Stronger Civil Society Consultation

On 14 October, Office for Civil society launched a consultation on the role it can play in ensuring that civil society in England has the advice, support and influence that will help it to modernise and respond to change. The consultation is open until 6 January 2011.


Building the Big Society is a huge challenge and will create new opportunities and challenges for civil society. Having considered the current evidence base and given the difficult fiscal situation, the Office for Civil Society expects its future investment in support services to be guided by the following principles:

  • Central investment must be a catalyst for driving greater efficiency and reducing long term dependence on the state.
  • Reform of the support system must be driven by frontline needs.
  • Infrastructure* organisations have a valuable role to play, not least in strengthening local networks.
  • To address inequality, ensure all voices are heard and promote cohesion, there is a need to ensure support is accessible by diverse organisations.

 Focus of the consultation

This consultation asks for your feedback on proposals in six key areas:

  • Easier access to advice through online services
  • Access to wider sources of support, particularly from the private sector
  • Direct support to frontline organisations through bursaries
  • Consolidation of support services through merger and collaboration
  • Better local public sector partnerships
  • Better partnerships between Central Government and national infrastructure organisations.

 How to respond

Visit to find out more, download the consultation document and send your response. To stay updated, and discuss the consultation before you respond:



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