BASSAC & DTA to merge?

Third Sector online has just reported that BASSAC (the British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres) and the Development Trusts Association are in merger talks. As two of the most prominent national umbrella bodies for  community organisations, this is quite a significant development.

Both organisations are members of OCS’s strategic partners scheme and as such are facing possible funding cuts.But as reported here on the Civil Society website, both claim that the merger is not being driven by cuts but by the genuine potential to combine skills and a strong existing base of partnership working  to create a stronger single body that can not only “support community organisations nationwide” but also “shape national and local policy”, according to DTA director, Steve Wylie.

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