The Labour Party has launched a consultation to review and strengthen the relationship between Labour and the third sector, and to understand sector priorities. It covers seven key issues: volunteering, people in the voluntary sector, supporting charities to grow, charities and procurement, the Big Lottery Fund, charity campaigns, and the Charity Commission.
Closing date 15th September.
To mark the 50th anniversary of credit unions in Britain, the government has launched a Call for Evidence on the future of the sector. It wants views from wider society too, and is particularly keen to hear innovative ideas on credit unions providing responsible financial services to even more people in their communities.
Responses by 1st September, see Gov.uk.
An article on accountancy body ICAEW’s charity forum reports that the Charities section of HM Revenue and Customs has set up a dedicated Outreach Team to offer help and support to charities to enable them to get things right first time.
Located in Bootle, the team has 15 members, with the objective “To help charities understand, benefit and claim reliefs through Gift Aid, the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and the Employment Allowance”. » Continue reading news item ... “Outreach team for HMRC Charities section”
Alongside its 2014 update on ‘Growing the social investment market’, the government has announced an investment fund to help more social ventures benefit from social finance. It is for social ventures who have high potential but struggle to access finance, and who could benefit from business capacity building support in preparing for bidding for social investment.
Civil Society Media has a wide-ranging social investment article at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/17685/ » Continue reading news item ... “Social investment support and perspectives”
Scotland’s umbrella body SCVO has criticised the Scottish Government for dragging its heels over European funding plans. The European Structural Funds and European Rural Development Funding programmes were due to cover 2014 to 2020 but are unlikely to open before the end of the year.
Third Force News item http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/funding-and-finance/news/european-funding.
The Welsh Government is to set out proposals for reform of local government before the summer recess. Announcing this at a recent conference, the local government minister said “I want us to work together to put in place a new relationship between Local Authorities, communities and individuals”.