Share

Use Treasury questions to avoid spending cuts, suggests NPC report

Martin Brookes, chief executive, New Philanthropy Capital
News

Use Treasury questions to avoid spending cuts, suggests NPC report

Governance | Tania Mason | 15 Sep 2010

New Philanthropy Capital chief executive Martin Brookes has used Charity Awards winner Volunteers in Child Protection as the basis of a new report that aims to help charities stave off funding cuts in the forthcoming public spending round.

The report, Proving your worth to Whitehall, advises charities to face up to the challenges that lie ahead by subjecting themselves to the same scrutiny as government departments.  “If charities can successfully answer the questions being asked of Whitehall departments, they could build a stronger case for survival.  They might become more resistant to departments looking to make cuts…they could even build a stronger case for being scaled up.”

Brookes (pictured) chose the CSV project, which scooped the overall prize at this year’s Charity Awards where he was a first-time judge, to use as an example in answering the nine Treasury questions that government departments have been asked to use when considering which services to cut.  

He added that although the Treasury questions are not designed with charities in mind, “we think charities are capable of answering them”.

The report advises all membership bodies to ask their members to answer the nine questions. “By collecting these answers, membership organisations can help to provide a more compelling narrative for the sector in the face of cuts.

The questions, which NPC has answered on behalf of ViCP in its report, are these:

1.    Is the activity essential to meet government priorities?
2.    Does the government need to fund it?
3.    Does it provide substantial economic value?
4.    Can it be targeted at those most in need?
5.    How can it be provided more cheaply?
6.    Haw can it be provided more effectively?
7.    Can the activity come from a non-state provider or by citizens, wholly or in partnership?
8.    Can non-state providers be paid to carry it out according to the results they achieve?
9.    Can local bodies, as opposed to central government, provide it?


Download the full report here.

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

21 Aug 2014

Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying...

Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving

20 Aug 2014

A new wristband that will enable people to make faster donations with just a tap of a smartphone, is...

Pallotta plans three-day march in US to scale up Charity Defense Council

19 Aug 2014

Dan Pallotta, the US fundraiser and charity sector activist, is organising a three-day march in the States...

Jersey charity pilots free healthcare programme for the poor

21 Aug 2014

A Jersey charity launched a free and subsidised healthcare programme yesterday for people on low incomes....

Awema charity boss claims he paid back £100,000 and denies dishonesty

21 Aug 2014

A former charity boss accused of fraud said he paid back more than £100,000, and denies any wrongdoing,...

Big Society Network parent charity applies to wind itself up

20 Aug 2014

Society Network Foundation, the charitable parent of Big Society Network, has applied to Companies House...

Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

21 Aug 2014

Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying...

Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving

20 Aug 2014

A new wristband that will enable people to make faster donations with just a tap of a smartphone, is...

National Trust to develop new website in £2m digital upgrade

15 Aug 2014

The National Trust has budgeted £2m to update its digital services, including a new website and mobile...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance