Sector bodies across the UK have worked together to create the Open Government Pioneers Project, aiming at strengthening civil society’s influence on opening up the devolved governments and pushing progress towards sustainable development goals.
An NI Fundraising Regulation Working Group has now been established – a “starting point for a full consultation on the way forward”.
Plans for the promised Fundraising Preference Service, being set up by the Fundraising Regulator, have been announced. It is due to be launched in spring/early summer 2017 and will
enable individuals to select charities that they no longer want to receive any communications from.
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.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is embracing Open Data, according to its news release. It is one of the first non-departmental bodies to take the step, as part of a public sector drive towards greater transparency.
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.