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ChangeUp Hubs of Expertise

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the legal status is of the ChangeUp Hubs of Expertise and of any intellectual property or other assets associated with the hubs; (156943)

(2) for what reasons the decision was taken to abolish the ChangeUp Hubs of Expertise; and what input the Office of the Third Sector had in the decision.

Six partnerships of national voluntary organisations make up the ChangeUp hubs of expertise. The hubs are partnerships of organisations rather than organisations constituted in their own right, and as such do not have a legal status.

Each of the six hubs has an accountable body that receives and administers funds on the hubs behalf. All of the hubs have protocols setting out governance, legal and financial arrangements between the accountable body and their partnership organisations.

As grant recipients the accountable bodies for the hubs have agreed to terms and conditions for their grant(s) which are governed by English law and the jurisdictions of English courts and include specific conditions relating to intellectual property rights and assets.

Shortly after being set up Capacitybuilders' Board committed itself to a programme of change in the future delivery of national support services (hubs). The board decided to undertake the review following stakeholder feedback on hub performance. The review addressed what local, sub-regional and regional third sector organisations need from a national set of services and what is the best way of delivering on these needs.

Following consultation with the sector Capacitybuilders board have agreed that Capacitybuilders will directly commission the national support programme and identified a range of priority themes.

Capacitybuilders have been established at arms length from the Government, and as such the decision regarding the future delivery of national support services is a decision for Capacitybuilders board. However, the Office of the third sector's interest is in ensuring that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to deliver the ChangeUP 2014 vision, and that capacity building of the third sector is handled in an effective manner.