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Third Sector

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role the Cabinet Office plans for the third sector in the delivery of public services; and if she will make a statement. (111689)

The third sector already has a significant role in delivering public services. We are committed to positively encouraging the involvement of third sector organisations in the delivery of services in the future.

On 6 December 2006, the Cabinet Office published “Partnership in Public Services: an action plan for third sector involvement”. The action plan sets out 18 service areas in which there are particular new opportunities for the sector to deliver more, including in health, welfare, employment, education and probation services.

Commitments in the action plan include developing commissioning frameworks and standard contracts to streamline public sector commissioning and procurement processes. We expect these reforms to make public services more accessible to third sector organisations that have the ambition to help design, deliver and improve public services.