Ensuring the third sector in Wales can influence decision makers and have its voice heard is a core part of what we do. We do this through our own policy and influencing work, including responding to consultations and publishing briefings, but also through the third sector scheme.
The third sector scheme
The scheme is unique to Wales and
is a statutory requirement of the Government of Wales Act 2006 -
this means that the Welsh Government has to set out how it will
promote the interest of third sector organisations.
The third sector scheme offers the opportunity for organisations
to put their views to the Welsh Government. The scheme itself sets
out how Government and the third sector will work together and
communicate with one another. It offers the third sector
formal routes for talking to Government and raising the concerns of
our members and service users. These include the Third Sector Partnership
Council and regular ministerial meetings between the
sector and each Welsh Government Minister. The Welsh Government
produces a report on the scheme each year which you can access from
their website along with other publications related
to the scheme and the third sector.
The funding code of practice (Annex to the Third Sector
The Welsh Government is a major funder of the third sector in
Wales and as such the nature of that funding relationship is very
important. As part of the third sector scheme the Welsh
Government is required to develop a code of practice for funding
the third sector. This code sets out the key principles which
will underpin Welsh Government funding for the third sector and
what is expected in return. The code is monitored and any
funding issues are raised by the Funding and Compliance
sub-committee of the Third Sector Partnership
Find out more
You can find out more about the Third Sector Partnership Council
and the ministerial meetings, including how you can get involved,
by clicking on the links on the left hand side. You can also
find out more about the Welsh Government's relationship with the
third sector on their website.