Final sector round-up for Election 2015

Our last round-up (probably) of material produced by the sector in relation to the election next Thursday. Also added to our Election 2015 page collating everything.

A useful overview in the Huffington Post’s ‘Promises, Promises – How Will the Charitable Sector Fare in the 2015 Election?‘, written by the CEO of social enterprise Cause4.

Revolving Doors has set out five priorities for an incoming government to improve the lives of some of the most excluded people in society, those experiencing a combination of problems. » Continue reading news item ... “Final sector round-up for Election 2015”

Charities and political campaigns

A new blog ‘Charities and Campaigning for a Better World‘ focuses on sharing ideas about the history and importance of campaigning by charities and other voluntary organisations. “This history has shaped our democracy and does not belong to any one political party or tendency. Let us remember and celebrate it.”

The blog author Andrew Purkis has been a Charity Commission board member and a trustee, chair and CEO for various charities. » Continue reading news item ... “Charities and political campaigns”

More Election 2015 news for charities

Following the flurry of party manifestos last week (see our coverage), a number of overviews have been produced.

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Examining election pledge on more volunteers

Both NCVO’s research team and Third Sector Research Centre have taken a serious look at the Conservative manifesto pledge to boost employer-supported volunteering. This says:

“.. we will make volunteering for three days a year a workplace entitlement for people working in large companies and the public sector. People could, for example, volunteer for a local charity, or serve as a school governor.”

NCVO has ‘Employer-Supported Volunteering: What can research tell us about Election 2015 policies? » Continue reading news item ... “Examining election pledge on more volunteers”

Examining the party manifestos from a charity perspective

We continue to update the VoluntaryNews Election 2015 page.

The major party manifestos have now been published, and we have added links to sector analysis and commentary, including from Charity Finance Group, Charity Aid Foundation, NCVO, ACEVO (charity chief executives). An attempt at bringing key items together, no attempt at being definitive (or balanced!):

  • Labour’s policies of particular interest: repeal of the Lobbying Act and commitment to early intervention both welcomed, Living Wage for public service providers could mean higher wage bills, concern that NHS preferred provider policy might limit charities.
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Neighbourhood services campaign and other election updates

A further round-up of activity and material around the general election in May.

Locality, the body for community-led organisations, has launched its campaign for public services to be commissioned and delivered at a neighbourhood level, instead of being supplied by large national companies. They say that research proves that local organisations offer substantially better outcomes and value, because they know their communities and have a flexible approach, which is vastly more effective than standardised, one-size-fits-all services. » Continue reading news item ... “Neighbourhood services campaign and other election updates”