Published: 23rd Mar 2011

News of the Office for Civil Society’s (OCS) strategic partners programme was finally confirmed yesterday, just a week before the current programme is due to end. They announced that nine bids (and 17 organisations) will receive funding to represent the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to government and help support the Big Society. Once OCS had announced the criteria for the programme, following a consultation before Christmas (the results of which have still to be published!) there were always going to be a great number of losers. They said they would be reducing the funding available to the programme and reducing the number of strategic partners from 42 down to (a seemingly arbitrary) ‘up to 15’. They also said the scheme would only be open to organisations with a national membership and to those who did not deliver services to the public. Urban Forum is one of those that … (To read the full article, subscribe below)