29 Oct 2013
The Charity Commission has suggested to the Treasury that it takes a slice of gift aid or places a direct levy on charities, as it warns it cannot sustain a further 10 per cent funding cut expected in the government’s upcoming spending review.
Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband refused to commit to a target for the level of public services the government would like the third sector to deliver, under questioning by a committee of MPs this afternoon.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has launched a consultation to examine how his department can work better with voluntary sector organisations to tackle climate change and other problems. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wants to engage with the sector more in its work, protecting the environment, supporting rural communities and addressing climate change.
Stephen Bubb is to reduce his employment at acevo to four days a week in order to spend one day as chair of Futurebuilders England. The chief executive of acevo is also chair of the Adventure Capital Fund (ACF), which recently won the tender to run the second phase of the Futurebuilders fund. Bubb, who is paid £10,000 a year as chair of ACF, will effectively become chair of Futurebuilders England (FBE).
Voluntary workers look set to be able to claim back their childcare expenses following a government U-turn on an earlier decision not to allow them to do so. The permission hinges on an amendment to be debated by the House of Lords later this week, but the government seems sure it will be passed.
At a time when the NHS and Local Authorities are being told to put everything out to competitive tendering it is rank hypocrisy and smacks of cronyism to learn that Government favoured schemes do not have to follow suit.
The recent publication of DfID funding guidance stating that projects "must not involve direct lobbying of the UK government" appear to contradict the government's exhortation to charities to bite the hand that feeds them. The criteria for the Department for International Development’s 2008-9 development awareness fund stipulates that applicant projects must not involve direct lobbying of the government “or of any international organisations of which the government is a member”.
The Charity Commission is on a collision course with judges following the publication of draft supplementary guidance on public benefit and fee-charging charities today, according to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).
Training programmes for volunteers and a fund to get disabled people into volunteering have landed a £6m injection as part of the government's response to the report by the Commission on the Future of Volunteering. In January, the Commission published its Manifesto for Change, making a series of wide-reaching recommendations on how to develop the volunteering sector in England.
Chris Stalker has quit as head of the NCVO's campaigning effectiveness unit amid reports he was frustrated at the umbrella body's refusal to float it off as an independent entity. Stalker declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure, insisting only that it was “amicable” and that he felt that after five and a half years at the NCVO it was time to try something new. He left the NCVO two weeks ago and is now freelancing as a consultant.