Press releases

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2014

 

NCVO looks at the main announcements affecting the voluntary sector, including social investment tax relief, VAT refunds and the business rates review.

Read more in Andrew O’Brien’s blog post

 

Step Up to Serve celebrates a year of #iwill pledges for young volunteers

This week marks the first anniversary of the Step up to Serve campaign, which is committed to doubling the number of young people engaged in social action by 2020. NCVO has pledged its support to this initiative and will shortly be releasing a new guide for organisations interested in involving more young people in volunteering.

Read more: Step Up to Serve celebrates a year of #iwill pledges for young volunteers

Charity Commission announces review of campaigning guidance – NCVO comment

Speaking at the Civil Society APPG, Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex announced that its campaigning guidance, CC9, will be assessed following the general election.

The Charity Commission Guidance on Campaigning and Political Activity by Charities (CC9) clarifies the legal framework for charities engaged in campaigning and political activities as a means of fulfilling their charitable purposes.

In particular, the guidance makes clear that campaigning and political activity can be legitimate and valuable activities for charities to undertake, but a charity must never be party political or give its support in any way to a political party.

Responding to the announcement, NCVO's chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington said:

'Within the context of recent media and political comment, NCVO's members regularly tell us of their concerns that their right to campaign is under threat. They also tell us that CC9 is useful and informative and that it strikes the right balance between protecting legitimate campaigning and guarding against undue influence.

We think CC9 is fit for purpose and that it has stood the test of time. NCVO and its members look forward to working under this guidance in the future.'

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Forex fines to be used for good causes

Fines levied frim the banks from the rigged forex rates are likely to total £1.1bn. NCVO would urge the government to ring-fence the forex fines for support for local community groups.

Read more: Forex fines to be used for good causes

NCVO responds to the Lobbying Act consultation

Devising laws that protect legitimate campaigning while guarding against undue influence is a delicate balancing act. NCVO does not believe that the Lobbying Act as it stands strikes the right balance. Further consideration of the types of activities covered, a reduction of the length of the regulated period, and the removal of constituency limits and staff costs are all needed to reduce the administrative burden on voluntary organisations.

Read more: NCVO responds to the Lobbying Act consultation

Four charities win national award

Four charities from across the country received a national quality award on Monday. The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), recognises charities which have demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of governance. The awards were presented at NCVO’s annual Trustee Conference, which marked the launch of this year’s Trustees Week.

Read more: Four charities win national award

NCVO and CES merger to proceed

Details of the merger between the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services have been finalised, it was announced today.

Read more: NCVO and CES merger to proceed

NCVO to review Charity Commission governance structure

NCVO will review the Charity Commission’s governance structure and appointments process in order to find ways for the regulator to put questions about its political neutrality to rest for good, it was announced today.

Read more: NCVO to review Charity Commission governance structure

Changes to the annual return for charities and disclosing campaigning costs – NCVO comment

Commenting on the Charity Commission’s announcement of changes to the annual return for charities , including its decision to return next year to the question of requiring charities to publish their expenditure on ‘campaigning activities’, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

'I'm pleased the Commission have listened to our concerns about this proposal. We are in favour of transparency and we have done much to advocate greater transparency ourselves, for example on executive pay, but their proposal as it stood was unworkable.

Read more: Changes to the annual return for charities and disclosing campaigning costs – NCVO comment

Charity Commission powers and funding announcement

Responding to today’s announcement of new funding and legislation to strengthen the Charity Commission, Karl Wilding, director of public policy, said:

'It's been clear for some time that the Charity Commission's enforcement work has not been as strong as it could be. We also know that it has struggled to deal with routine queries from charities in a prompt manner. This investment and its plans to revamp its work are very welcome and we believe they have the potential to make a significant difference. It's crucial we have an effective regulator that deals quickly with any poor practice to help ensure the public can continue to trust charities.

Read more: Charity Commission powers and funding announcement

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