Supporting the right to charity campaigning

Most will have seen news coverage around Oxfam’s recent campaigning on UK food poverty, for example BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27783331. There has been much sector support for the organisation’s right to campaign, see Third Force News or NAVCA, for instance.

Campaign Central has an opinion piece ‘The Perfect Storm’ http://www.campaigncentral.org.uk/opinion/perfect-storm. It notes that “It was the very famous, or infamous, investigation into Oxfam Campaigning in 1990 which created a negative climate around charity campaigning and dramatically unsettled charity trustees”.

Right to play, offender training, poverty procurement

A batch of specific issue resources:

  • Children’s right to play, culture and arts, produced by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. In pdf, 859KB at http://www.sccyp.org.uk/ufiles/Right-to-Play.pdf. (Source: Voluntary Arts Scotland)
  • Results from a Home Office programme exploring and assessing the role of social enterprises in enabling adult and young offenders to access training and employment opportunities, from Clinks.
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation research report asks ‘Can we reduce poverty through public procurement?
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Has the sector lost its radical edge?

Two new critical, even controversial, takes on the current state of the voluntary sector:

  •  From The Guardian’s development network ‘UK charities have lost their radical soul‘ is an article based on the book ‘The Poverty of Capitalism’ from War on Want’s executive director.
  •  A recommendation from National Coalition for Independent Action, ‘The Austerity Of Charity’ (on Swans Commentary) takes a long look at the corporate connections of “the great and the good” in senior positions in the sector, http://swans.com/library/art19/barker143.html
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Examining the proposed welfare cap

Leading charities such as Action for Children, Age UK, Oxfam and Shelter, along with sector bodies NCVO and SCVO, have put together a technical briefing on the ‘Proposed cap on Annually Managed Expenditure’. This cap, proposed by the government, would place fixed annual limits on social security spend for future years.

While the charities would prefer an approach addressing root causes to reduce costs, they put forward recommendations to improve the blueprint. » Continue reading news item ... “Examining the proposed welfare cap”