Payment by results reforms must not deter charities

first_img The Government must ensure its attempts to introduce payment by results for rehabilitation services do not squeeze out charities and community groups, the Charities Aid Foundation said today. Ministers plan to let security firms and voluntary groups take on probation services on a payment by results basis. But the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, warned that current payment by results contracts run the risk of excluding charity and social enterprise expertise. Advertisement A CAF report published earlier this year says that charities often face difficulties bidding for Government payment by results contracts because of the risks inherent in the payment by results model, they have too little time to assess contracts, and lack up-front funding to pay for their work. John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Charities and other not-for-profit organisations work closely with beneficiaries and have a huge amount of expertise in tackling sometimes intractable social problems. Payment by results contracts can represent real opportunities to tap into the depth of charities’ experience and make a real difference. “But most charities simply cannot afford to take on contracts to tackle social problems without up-front funding because they are not allowed to carry large financial reserves and have limited access to capital compared to for-profit businesses. “We need to ensure the payment by results revolution does not exclude charities so that voluntary sector organisations can play their full part in the heavy lifting needed to transform our public services.” ENDS Read CAF’s report on payment by results contracts and the voluntary sector here: https://www.cafonline.org/pdf/Funding%20Good%20Outcomes.pdfContact: Charities Aid Foundation Press Office: 03000 123 286/03000 123214/03000 123275/03000 123212 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 January 2013 | News Payment by results reforms must not deter charitiescenter_img Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Law / policy Trading  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more