An ageing society and its sector impact

New Philanthropy Capital PC and the International Longevity Centre-UK have announced that in the autumn they will be launching a Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector. This will provide long-term, strategic thinking about the implications of an ageing population for the voluntary sector, drawing together existing research and engaging and consulting with the sector through a series of events.

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Modernising European procurement rules

An article from local sector support body NAVCA says that provisional agreement has been reached on revising the EU procurement rules, with final adoption expected to take place in October. This includes the introduction of a light-touch regime for social and health and some other services, http://www.navca.org.uk/blog/view/call-for-ideas.

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Draft lobbying law could hit charity campaigning

NCVO and others have expressed concern at some of the measures contained in the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, which was introduced to Parliament before its summer recess.

According to NCVO’s article, this introduces a definition of “activities for election purposes” which is so broad and unclear that it could capture a range of the day-to-day activities charities carry out, entirely legitimately, as part of their campaigning and advocacy work. Also see a commentary by Rosamund McCarthy, a partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite solicitors, covered in Civil Society Media, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/15918/.

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