Environmental charity up for review by government office

ODPM to carry out Groundwork UK quinquennial review

A nationwide environmental charity is to be reviewed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). In its commitment to quality and continuous improvement, the Government regularly reviews whether individual bodies continue to be the best way to deliver services for which they are funded. This latest review is the five-yearly look at the workings of Groundwork UK. Groundwork receives £13 million of sponsorship annually from the ODPM to help create sustainable communities and bring about regeneration through the involvement of local residents, businesses and other local organisations in each of its regional trusts. The review will assess the extent to which Groundwork’s functions are necessary for the achievement of the ODPM’s policies, while examining the charity’s progress since its last review in 1999. A Groundwork UK representative said: “Every organisation that gets substantial funding from the Government is reviewed on a regular basis. This is normally every five years or so. It is a chance for the ODPM to ensure that we are helping it to deliver government initiatives and at the same time doing so in a cost-effective way.” The final report, detailing the review’s findings, will be published during 2005.

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