Policy proposals for the next Westminster government

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has produced its Manifesto for the 2015 general election, calling on the next government to prioritise preventative spending in order to address social problems and save money in the long term. Other proposed policies include:

  •   a major review of public service markets, to ensure charities are able to help design and deliver high quality services.
  •   creating a Centre for Social Value to support commissioners and charities in making use of the new Social Value Act.
  •   simplifying the under-used Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to ensure small charities can claim the money they are entitled to.

NCVO press release, with further discussion here. Both have links to the manifesto itself (pdf, 1.6MB) titled ‘A bigger difference: Realising the potential of voluntary organisations and volunteers’.

Civil Society Media coverage http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17473/ leads on support for the living wage, and we’ve seen a number of messages of support for the manifesto from other sector bodies.