What does the pre-election debate really tell us about politicians and charities?
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What does the pre-election debate really tell us about politicians and charities?

25 Mar 2015 | Kirsty Weakley

Earlier this year sector leaders expressed concern that as we approach the general election politicians had little real narrative about the voluntary sector. Would a debate between the civil society representatives change their minds? Kirsty Weakley assesses each of the speakers.

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» The cuts don't work

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After the Compact Commission was abolished, sector champions were to be established in every government department. Malcolm Hurlston tries to find them.

It's not what you know but who you know - apparently

Anne Moynihan asks whether its not what trustees know but who they know that counts.

It's time to break up

In the search for the best possible results, Andrew Chaggar concedes it's time to fully separate the governance and management teams at start-up charity European Disaster Volunteers.

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