Nick Davies, NCVO public services manager

DWP promises measures to improve charities’ experience of the Work Programme

18 Dec 2014 | David Ainsworth

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.


DWP promises measures to improve charities’ experience of the Work Programme

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£2m Access to Volunteering Fund gives out second round of funding

The £2million Access to Volunteering Fund has distributed its second round of grants to civil society organisations working with disabled volunteers.

Social investment market becoming a "growing global phenomenon," according to new report

The social investment market is moving beyond the philanthropy investment arena, and starting to raise capital from pension funds and other financial institutions, as well as increasingly delivering market-rate returns, according to a new report from Bridges Ventures and the Parthenon Group.

Department of Health rules NHS cannot use "preferred providers"

The Department of Health has told NHS commissioners that they must not prefer providers from any one sector, and should instead be non-discriminatory and seek to remove barriers to third sector participation.

Public service coordination project extended but needs more voluntary sector involvement

Civil society organisations can have a “key role” in protecting public services by taking an active involvement in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Total Place project, according to a report on the 13 pilot schemes.

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.

» Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer announce merger

Co-operative Financial Services to administer unclaimed assets fund

Co-operative Financial Services has been appointed to set up and administer the dormant bank accounts reclaim fund that will provide money for new Big Lottery grants and eventually provide the funding cornerstone for the Social Investment Wholesale Bank.

Chancellor announces tax relief on donations to EU charities

The government paved the way for more cross-border donating today as it announced in its 2010 Budget report that UK charity tax reliefs will be extended to charities and amateur sports clubs in Europe, Norway and Iceland.

Commission ordered to pay Catholic Care legal costs

The Charity Commission has been ordered to pay initial legal costs of £50,000 to Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) after losing its case in the High Court last week.

Dame Suzi cautions sector on 'unrealistic' optimism

Charity Commission chair Dame Suzi Leather has warned that the optimism that has been displayed by charities that responded to the regulator’s latest survey may be “misplaced”, given the scale of the public spending cuts to come.

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