Leading children’s charities have launched a call for pledges by those contesting next year’s parliamentary elections to invest in early support for children, young people and their families to stop them reaching crisis point. Action for Children news item, or go to the Stitch in Time campaign page http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/campaigns/a-stitch-in-time/ which includes a link to ‘A Stitch in Time’ report (pdf, 396KB).
A number of sector bodies have published their responses to the Labour Party’s policy consultation ‘Renewing our Bond with the Third Sector’, which closed on Monday (15th September) http://voluntarynews.org.uk/news/2014/06/labour-and-the-third-sector/. New Philanthropy Capital urges a rethink on its public service commissioning pledge, and to look closely at the future of volunteering and the impact charities have on the ground, http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/building-on-potential/.
Local sector support body NAVCA’s response, amongst other points, calls for public bodies to be required to publish an annual social value statement and wants Labour to recognise the importance of volunteering. NCVO has some key points from its response at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/09/17/labour-consultation-ncvo-response/.