After the independence referendum

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Scottish TUC and National Union of Students Scotland have issued a joint statement calling for a citizen-led process on Scotland’s future, following the renewed civic engagement around the referendum. SCVO news item.

Welsh umbrella body WCVA also reflects on what the fall-out from the Scottish no vote might mean for the sector,, and England’s NCVO made a statement highlighting that wider devolution is likely to lead to charities working with more and more different and new structures.

Possible future Labour policies for voluntary sector

‘The Red Book of the Voluntary Sector’, which has contributions from a number of prominent Labour parliamentarians and thinkers setting out their vision for the future of charities in the UK, has been launched by the Charites Aid Foundation and charity chief executives body ACEVO at the Labour Party conference. Similar compilations are being published in connection with the Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences. » Continue reading news item ... “Possible future Labour policies for voluntary sector”

Promoting meaningful sector transparency

ActionAid has crowd-sourced a report on transparency “to improve policy and practice in the not-for-profit sector by bringing in comparative perspectives and highlighting examples of good practice, (working) with others to promote transparency that is meaningful and proportionate”. Collaborators include Amnesty International, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, Bond.

Transparency Report (pdf, 1.2MB) via, or read the article ‘Transparency – why bother?‘.

Law and policy recommendations on social investment

The Law Commission has published its final recommendations following a consultation on the difficulties that might be faced by charity trustees under the current law when making social investments. The recommendations include a new statutory power on social investment as well as connected statutory duties, and improving guidance from the Charity Commission and HM Revenue and Customs.

Civil Society Media news item, NCVO welcomes the clarity and gives an overview, or see the full recommendations. » Continue reading news item ... “Law and policy recommendations on social investment”

Household value of charity

A new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research, with help from the Charities Aid Foundation, “attempts to measure the value of charities to British households in a uniquely holistic way, by estimating the overall impact of all the charitable services that a family accesses”.

Nearly four-fifths of households had used at least one charitable service in the last 12 months, half in the last month, and over ninety per cent of households at some time in the past. » Continue reading news item ... “Household value of charity”