Local charities suffer from poor commissioning

A new report from Lloyds Bank Foundation, ‘Commissioning in Crisis’, highlights

“some of the ludicrous processes used (in public sector commissioning) to bridge the gap left by too little money. These approaches penalise small charities in particular, excluding them from bidding for, let alone winning, contracts, leaving many deprived of funding and on the brink of shutting up shop.”

Civil Society News coverage leads with: Current commissioning processes are a “major threat to the survival of smaller charities” and are failing at every level. » Continue reading news item ... “Local charities suffer from poor commissioning”

Key findings on the role of faith-based charities

Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has brought together key findings from an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities.

The report outlines what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face. It draws on desk research, a survey of faith-based charities, and in-depth qualitative interviews with charities, funders and key stakeholders. » Continue reading news item ... “Key findings on the role of faith-based charities”

Good and bad news on charity advocacy and campaigning

The government’s Cabinet Office has come up with a replacement to the ‘anti-advocacy’ clause for grant agreements which was proposed earlier this year.

These standards will be adopted by all departments to make sure that taxpayers’ money, awarded through government grants, is properly agreed and spent.

Official news release.

NCVO’s response leads with “charities have welcomed substantial changes to the government’s planned anti-lobbying clause”

The new grant standards unveiled today take a substantially more sophisticated approach than the original clause, and explicitly safeguard the important role of charities and others in presenting evidence to government and parliamentarians.

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Autumn Statement and the voluntary sector

Chancellor Philip Hammond gave his first and, it turns out, last Autumn Statement on 23rd November. This news item attempts to round up material of particular relevance for the voluntary sector.

Firstly, the full Autumn Statement plus supporting and related documents can be found on the government website.

New Budget timetable: The government is to move to “a single major fiscal event each year” – following the spring 2017 Budget and Finance Bill, Budgets will be delivered in the autumn, with the first one taking place in autumn 2017. » Continue reading news item ... “Autumn Statement and the voluntary sector”

Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society

Welsh umbrella body WCVA has published two reports which show that a strong third sector in Wales has a vital role to play in securing a positive future for our society. However, action is needed now to prevent the sector becoming weaker and more fragmented.

Research for the reports explored what global trends might mean for Wales and its third sector. It revealed an increasingly uncertain and complex future, including through globalisation, climate change, fast-changing technology, demographic changes and new relationships between citizens, community groups and public services. » Continue reading news item ... “Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society”

Short survey for NI faith based organisations

Northern Ireland’s sector umbrella body NICVA is currently delivering infrastructure support for faith based organisations on behalf of the Department for Communities. As part of this work, they have produced a short survey for faith based organisations to complete, in order to understand the needs of these organisations and the work that they do with the wider community in Northern Ireland.

The survey closes at 4pm, 2nd December. » Continue reading news item ... “Short survey for NI faith based organisations”