UK Civil Society Office to Scale Down Support for NGO Advocacy

The U.K. Office for Civil Society is cutting down the number of its partners and the amount of maximum grant its partners can get starting March 2011.

The office will reduce the number of its partners to 15 from the current 51 starting March 2011, according to Third Sector Daily. It will also reduce its budget for the partners from 12.2 million pounds (USD19 million) to 7.5 million pounds, the news agency says.

The U.K. Office for Civil Society is part of the U.K. government’s Cabinet Office. It is responsible for liaising with social enterprises, charities and voluntary organizations in the country.

Given the planned budget cut, the maximum grant that any of the office’s partners could get would be 500,000 pounds per yer, according to a letter from Nick Hurd, the U.K. civil society minister.

The office’s strategic partners program, according to Third Sector Daily, was established in 2005 to foster long-term cooperation between the U.K. government and the country’s third sector. It funds organizations to contribute to the government’s policy work and advocate the civil society’s causes.

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