10 Mar 2014
Jay Kennedy is head of policy at the Directory of Social Change. Kennedy joined the organisation in 2003 as a researcher and now has responsibility for a range of DSC activities, including delivering on its Great Giving campaign. Prior to joining the DSC he worked both in the US and UK as an academic and for local government associations.
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Changes to the Virgin Trains charity discount scheme will leave many charities worse off, according to the Directory of Social Change.
The Cabinet Office has today published the new policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund, which introduce a new priority for boosting the capacity of the social investment market.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson has confirmed that up to £150m of the £425m lottery good causes funding used to fund the Olympics could be paid back to lottery distributors in 2014.
The truth about the amount of government funding that gets eaten up in ‘admin’ is potentially embarrassing, so why doesn’t anyone ever ask about those costs? Jay Kennedy ponders.
Few beyond NCVO believe in the Compact - and for NCVO it is about marketshare and has little to do with the interests of the sector. I wonder how many of their 30 pieces of OCS silver are left?
Representatives from the Office for Civil Society, including Nick Hurd, ignored calls for their input into the evaluation of the Compact overseen by the Commission for the Compact as its final act before closing its doors on 31 March.
The Directory of Social Change has labelled the government’s consultation on the sector’s infrastructure “shambolic” and likened it to Labour’s controversial ChangeUp programme.
Sir Stephen Bubb, chair of Social Investment Business, has called on the government to use the £28m in loan repayments accrued by the now closed Futurebuilders fund, for more loans to the social sector.
Ceri Doyle, director of strategy, performance and learning at the Big Lottery Fund, has said there is a debate within the organisation on its long-held principle of additionality, that is of ensuring funding goes to projects that do not carry out the core work of government.