Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat
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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

Voluntary organisations across Europe are coming under pressure from governments not to campaign on issues, warns Heidi Sandberg. 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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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

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'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.

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:

Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.

» The cuts don't work

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.

What are Labour's plans for charities?

Following this week's Labour conference, David Ainsworth reviews what we've learned about the party's policies for the voluntary sector.

Society Diary: Benedict Cumberbatch undresses a bit for charity

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

Film of the week: The boy who tricked Ebola by Medecins Sans Frontieres

Medecins Sans Frontieres has shared this heartwarming video of an Ebola patient who has defied the odds and has also entertained fellow patients with his dancing.

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