The latest analysis of the Labour Force Survey found that the voluntary sector’s paid workforce grew by six per cent during 2012, with a total of 804,000 employees in the sector – the second highest since records began.
More headline figures and link to the executive summary (in Word format, 100KB) can be found on Skills Third Sector news release.
Final recommendations have been published from a review of the Welsh government’s grants system after a recent scandal. The Welsh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee calls for more stringent conditions for recipients and an annual report into statutory funding of the sector. Civil Society Media news item http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/15576/.
Welsh umbrella body WCVA says that the report could strengthen the code of practice for funding the third sector, for instance because the government should “clearly and explicitly” state its rationale for terminating or substantially cutting its funding to grant funded organisations, prior to doing so. » Continue reading news item ... “Strengthening Welsh Government grants management”
New research from Ireland reveals tensions between policy makers and social justice advocacy organisations.
‘In Other Words: Policy Makers’ Perceptions of Social Justice Advocacy’ is based on interviews with politicians, civil servants and others, raising issues around legitimacy, perception of self-interest and absence of self-reflection, and challenges of being both an insider and an outsider. Press release http://www.advocacyinitiative.ie/about/pressreleases.html or download via this page.
(Source: The Wheel)
Having interviewed a number of chief executives involved in recent mergers, Richard Gutch writes about ten key themes that kept emerging. In Civil Society Media at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/indepth/expert_advice/content/15511/.
A Guardian article looks at challenges being discovered by a research project exploring how social investment can be used to fund substance misuse services. How to collect more data without overburdening service users and staff, how to attribute success are just a couple of issues.
‘Breaking the cycle of addiction through social investment‘.
A new guide aims to help local authorities and gardening groups in Scotland design and cultivate allotment sites. The ‘Allotment Site Design Guide’ had government support, and is available at the Scottish Allotment and Garden Society in pdf (a massive 17.64MB) from http://www.sags.org.uk/docs/ScotlandAllotmentDesignGuide.pdf.
Official press release at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/06/Allotmentguide14062013 says “It is an empowering tool to avoid conflict about applications for new sites and help all interested parties reach an amicable solution”.