An important contribution on the impact of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigning has been made by NCVO’s chief executive Stuart Etherington. While he is critical of the parliamentary process and recognises the current guidance is “neither perfect nor of...
A new study of mergers in the sector has been published, focusing on 90 such processes taking place between January 2013 and April 2014, in England and Wales. Carried out by Eastside Primetimers, they found that some 4 per cent of people working in the charity sector had been involved. The biggest was the merger between St Mungo’s and Broadway, and the most complex the merger of ten organisations to create Community Action Suffolk.
Scotland’s Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy has launched its final report, arguing for devolving more powers to communities, whatever the outcome of the referendum. The commission included civil society representatives, academics, senior councillors and trade union chiefs in its nine month review.
DONATE was launched in 2013 by the National Funding Scheme to make it easy to make donations to cultural causes using a mobile phone. Currently adopted by some two hundred arts and heritage organisations across the UK, it is claimed to be only UK digital giving tool to combine SMS text giving, web app, QR and Near-Field Communication technology in a single platform.
Children England, the body for organisations working with children, young people and families, along with the TUC, has produced a a document that aims
to reunite public sector services, charities and voluntary groups in our shared vision and commitment to children, young people and families.
The Scottish Government has produced a major report on workplace relations and productivity which includes the recommendation that workers in the third sector workers should receive a living wage.
Third Force News has coverage at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/management/news/government-welcomes-living-wage-for-charity-workers, or see recommendation 21, amongst others, in the ‘Working Together Review’ summary page http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/08/4647
The Commission on Voluntary Sector and Ageing has issued a new discussion paper on the future of volunteering in an ageing society. The Guardian has an article from the chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, at http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/aug/15/can-charities-keep-attracting-ageing-population, which starts:
National sector bodies NCVO, ACEVO and Charity Finance Group have all heavily criticised Charity Commission proposals to require charities to declare campaigning spending and government income in their annual returns.
As reported by Civil Society Media, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17979/
A raft of senior civil society activists across the globe have endorsed an open letter which addresses the possibility that “those of us who work in civil society organisations nationally and globally have come to be identified as part of the problem” when it comes to deteriorating human rights and equality.
A three month research project from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers, Scotland concluded there are pressures beginning to affect the work of care and support services in Scotland. Social care staff in Scotland are facing a bigger workload and higher levels of anxiety.
A Voluntary Sector Review journal article, written by two King’s College London researchers, has been made open access.
‘Fragmentation and competition: voluntary organisations experiences of support for family carers’ draws on a large study looking at social care practice with carers, to illustrate how changes in social care commissioning and cuts in funding have created difficulties for organisations providing practical help and support to family carers. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr/2014/00000005/00000002/art00007