Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence
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Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence

Richard Bridge examines the relationships between local authorities and community groups. This article is part of a series on the future of the voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the publication of  a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.

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Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence

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Are charities doing enough to contribute to the common good?

Steve Wyler warns that the voluntary sector must not become complacent about its contribution to the common good. This is the third in a series of articles on the future of the voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the publication of  a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.

Paula Sussex's first speech suggests considerable change at the Charity Commission

The new chief executive of the Charity Commission, Paula Sussex, gave her first external speech yesterday to the Charity Finance Summit, run by Civil Society Media. David Ainsworth looks at what her words suggest for the future of charity regulation.

'The danger is that too much of the sector has become obsessed with trying to win contracts'

In the second of a series of articles on the future of the voluntary sector, Dan Corry examines the role charities play in delivering public services.

'The sector risks becoming nothing but a voiceless and toothless instrument of a shrunken state'

In the first of a series of articles on the future of the voluntary sector, published exclusively by Civil Society News in the lead up to a new book by Civil Exchange, Nicholas Deakin says the sector must fight to establish its own vision or risk becoming an arm of government.

The very short-term experiences people have when they use our services - a full tummy, a good game of football, getting the giggles - are outcomes too.

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Society Diary: Minister fails to keep within his brief. Or briefs.

Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector.

Conservatives

Following the conference earlier this week, David Ainsworth asks whether we know more about the Tories' policies for the sector.

Reaction to Newmark's departure and Wilson's appointment as charities minister

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference, Brooks Newmark resigned as minister for civil society after allegations in the Sunday Mirror that he sent intimate photographs of himself to an undercover reporter. Rob Wilson was swiftly announced as the new minister. Civil Society News has collated some of your reactions to the news:

Society Diary: Blue Cross launches the world's first pre-nuptial agreement for pets

Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector.

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