Policy implications of new government

David Cameron promised to deliver all of the Conservative Party’s manifesto when he spoke in Downing Street on Friday morning (8th May). The manifesto can be downloaded (pdf, 2.4MB) here – given previous Conservative practice of removing old material from their website, worth getting now?

NCVO’s Director of Public Policy has pulled together some immediate thoughts on the implications for the voluntary sector of the elections results.

The chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital puts forward ideas on what the charities minister Rob Wilson should focus on in this parliament, http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/letter-to-the-reappointed-charities-minister/. One suggestion is to ‘Begin a debate on reforming the duties of trustees so they focus more on impact’. And in common with the above NCVO article, NPC worries about the continuation of the Office for Civil Society.

Meanwhile, NCVO boss Stuart Etherington published a letter to the sector on election day itself, arguing “that no government is going to find a vision for voluntary action, nor should we want them to. We need to look to our own sector for our own solutions. This is not to say that the government does not make a difference or that parties’ policy positions do not matter – they do. But we also need to set our own course for voluntary action over the medium term, and to make our own case for what voluntary organisations can bring to the table when dealing with society’s challenges.”

The Protection of Charities Bill, debated in draft last parliament, is likely to go ahead – see Toughening charity regulation. The Queens Speech, outlining legislation to be put forward this session, is set for 27th May.