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Stop Public Sector Spending on Common Purpose

Comment 2nd July 2010

All public sector organisations and quangos should be banned from procuring any training services from the "leadership development" charity, Common Purpose, at least until a full public inquiry and audit of the organisation's activities has been conducted.

Why does this matter?

Freedom of information requests show significant sums have been spent on courses and events run by this organisation, that provides leadership development, but no tangible benefits are apparent and many people who have done Common Purpose courses seem reluctant to discuss their involvement with the organisation.

Common Purpose is very vague about what its activities entail and does not appear to have any kind of industry accreditation. There are various claims made about an ulterior agenda behind the organisation (which information about is readily available from websites such as  and these should also be addressed in any public enquiry.

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