The new website for the UK Voluntary Sector Workforce Almanac 2013,at http://www.3rdsectorworkforce.org.uk, designed to be easy-to-use and accessible, draws upon a decade of authoritative data to explore how the sector’s workforce has changed. It has been produced by a partnership of Skills – Third Sector, NCVO and the Third Sector Research Centre.
The news release gives some key findings.
New research by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University shows that there are nearly 15,000 voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester, with a total income of one billion pounds.
Further facts, full and summary report in GMCVO item.
The Care Bill, proposed legislation covering health and social care announced in last week’s Queen’s Speech, has been published (10th May).
Split into three parts, it covers
- Reform of care and support,
- Response to the Francis Inquiry on failings at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital with Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes and new powers for the Chief Inspector of Hospitals,
- and the establishment of Health Education England and the Health Research Authority.
See government press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-care-bill.
Union Unite and Intern Aware, the campaign for fair internships, have launched a report ‘Interns in the voluntary sector – time to end exploitation’. This asks the voluntary sector to pay all interns (at least) the minimum wage and wants entry-level jobs to the charity sector to be reintroduced.
Unite news release, sign up to support the campaign at http://www.uniteforoursociety.org/page/s/are-you-intern-aware-, or direct link to the report (pdf, 239KB).
NCVO has published an update to the 2011 Counting the Cuts report, looking at the scale of cuts so far and those still to come, extending the previous forecast by three years. They estimate that charities’ income from government will be £1.7 billion (12 per cent) lower in 2017/18 than it was in 2010/11, if cuts are made proportionately.
NCVO news item, connected discussion item, direct link to the updated report (pdf, 1.95MB) at http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/counting_the_cuts_2013_2.pdf.
The Guardian’s Society pages has an article about the impact of cuts on community organisations offering vital services.
The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network looks at ‘The complexity of defining community‘.
Researching the history of Save the Children led to the conviction that historians can and should have important inputs into conversations about contemporary humanitarian practice and policy.
Read more on the Voluntary Action History Society website, http://www.vahs.org.uk/2013/05/historians-and-charities/.
Civil Society Media reports (http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/15162/) that the new version of the accounting standard for charities (SORP), was likely to be approved for consultation at the meeting of the Accounting Council on 16th May (Update: it was).
The revision is needed due to the introduction of Financial Reporting Standard 102, effective for financial years commencing on or after 1st January 2015. The revised charity SORP based on this is due to be out in July for consultation by the Charity Commission and OSCR, the Scottish regulator. It will include additional guidance for charities using the Financial Reporting Standard for Small Entities (FRSSE), which is available for most as small is defined as an income of less than £6.5 million.
For more background, see ‘We are all public-benefit-entities now’ http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/blogs/content/15066/. (Additional information from Sayer Vincent May newsletter)