Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, today announced a new fair deal for voluntary and community groups, wrapped up with cutting reams of red tape on local councils.
Mr Pickles is proposing a 'social responsibility' deal which will ask that councils give greater support for local community groups, including:
- seeking to avoid disproportionate reductions in funding
- giving at least three months' notice if they plan to reduce or end funding or other support
- working with the organisation to shape the future of the service; and
- speaking to the organisation and community about other ideas about how the service could be continued in a different, or more efficient, way.
Central government departments will be signing up to the same principles.