12 Feb 2015
The new minister for civil society wants to see “billions of pounds” more public services delivered by charities and social enterprises over the next few years and plans to embark on a massive new capacity-building programme to enable it to happen.
The Office for Civil Society is planning to announce a foundation with “more than £100m” to grow charities’ abilities to win contracts and take on social investment, Rob Wilson, the new minister for civil society, has said.
The government has committed a further £50m over the next six years from Libor fines to support armed forces charities.
The Department for Work and Pensions has agreed to introduce measures expected to improve the Work Programme for voluntary sector sub-contractors, according to a response document published today.
I hope this is an example that other medical charities will follow as it is very difficult to explain to the public why there are so many charities for certain causes.
The government has today announced £23m of funding to not-for-profit organisations to combat homelessness, part of which will fund up to seven new social impact bonds.
The Prime Minister’s office told Nick Hurd to continue funding Big Society Network even though the then-minister for civil society had raised concerns about its poor performance and financial sustainability, the National Audit Office has found.
Two days after the Chancellor unveiled his latest plan to cut public spending and outsource large swathes of public services, the minister for civil society has outlined his ideas for boosting the capacity of charities and social enterprises to provide them. Tania Mason reports.
Changes in the VAT rules around direct mail fundraising which would have cost the charity sector tens of millions of pounds a year will not now be introduced until April 2015, the Charity Tax Group has said.