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Although it is suggested that Tier 1 will need to have some diversity in their supply chain, ACEVO (Information Workshops, 2013) suggest that complex supply chains are more expensive to manage and Tier 1 will have to compete on price, so this will be a consideration.
ACEVO, as it is known, boasts a current membership of 2,000, and these numbers have been growing at an annual rate of 14 percent.
Acevo found applicants faced cuts of more than pounds 520 million in the current financial year and estimated the UK charity sector faced cuts of between pounds 1 billion and pounds 5.
Peter Kyle, deputy director of ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, complained at the lack of provisions for charities put in place by ministers, citing the extra funding that had been pledged in the public services White Paper, which could cover the money being cut for charities: 'Charities are instead going to the wall because of the cuts and you cannot magic them back into existence again.
Sir Stephen Bubb, of Acevo, which represents voluntary organisations, said the nation's charities were facing a "perfect storm" of rising costs, higher tax bills because of the VAT rise and swingeing cuts in funding.
Other organisations involved in securing the bid for Birmingham include Acevo, the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector, Charities Evaluation Services, the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations, Futurebuilders England, Guide-Star UK, the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Institute for Volunteering Research, the NCVO, the Social Enterprise Coalition, UnLtd and Voice4Change E ngland.
The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment lists 600 blackspots across the UK where the number of under-24s claiming Jobseekers' Allowance is far above the national average.
ACEVO chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb said: "I am delighted that David Miliband has agreed to chair this taskforce on youth unemployment.
We've sent details of our proposed scheme to a cross section of the ACEVO membership to see if they consider it appropriate, and to identify any clarification which may be needed,' said Mr Wagg.
All of the speakers who contributed at the launch of Acevo - which represents and supports bosses of third sector organisations - were keen to stress just how difficult the current climate threatens to be.
The leading lights of the region's 'third sector' were in attendance for the launch of ACEVO North, which will provide chief executives with a wide range of support, including network events and mentoring and coaching schemes.