I am not an expert on the voluntary sector and don’t pretend to be.

But clearly the sector is in the process of massive changes.   The NCVO published a best practice guide for local authorities and the voluntary and community sector.   At a time when the prospects for the voluntary sector are “shrink, merge or go bust” it is all the more important that public sector organisations recognise the value of the voluntary sector and also the pressures that the voluntary sector are facing.     

Adherence to the CLG guidance on community right to challenge and giving the volutary sector a fair deal when imposing cuts  is only part of the answer.   Having a genuine, authentic discussion with the voluntary sector is what is needed, not megaphone diplomacy.