Press releases

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.

'We supported the Commission's call for additional powers to help it deal with poor practice. We'll examine the legislative proposals to make sure they strike the right balance between giving the Commission the powers it needs to deal with serious problems, while respecting individual charities' right to make their own decisions about how best to run themselves.'

Notes

Additional background on our response to the government consultation on additional powers for the Commission is available in Elizabeth Chamberlain's blog post.

 

NCVO announces Tumim Prize finalists

Four charities from across the country have been shortlisted for a national quality award. The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), rewards charities which have demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of governance.

The four finalists are The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, based in Hampshire; Keech Hospice Care, Luton; Walsingham, a national disability charity; and Cumbria Action for Sustainability.

Read more: NCVO announces Tumim Prize finalists

Quality standard for volunteering marks 10th birthday

A national programme encouraging the highest standards of volunteer management is celebrating 10 years of helping charities and other organisations across the UK to enhance their work.

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) – the UK quality standard for good practice by groups involving volunteers – has been achieved by 765 organisations, including charities such as Christian Aid, Age UK and the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), as well as more than 20 NHS Trusts.

Read more: Quality standard for volunteering marks 10th birthday

NCVO statement on independence referendum

Commenting on the Scottish independence referendum result, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Despite the no vote, we can expect to see the political settlement in the UK shift at a rapid pace. As greater devolution takes shape in Scotland, the demand for devolution throughout England will inevitably pick up. This is likely to affect how any number of state services are run and governed. We have seen change in this area recently, such as the introduction of clinical commissioning groups and police and crime commissioners. Charities will need to be prepared to work with more and more different and new structures in order to represent the causes they work for.’ 

NCVO and Charities Evaluation Services working towards merger

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services will work towards a merger later this year, the two organisations announced today.

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Tribute to Stephen Lloyd

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Stephen’s unparalleled expertise combined with his innovative thinking and sheer passion for the work of charities and social enterprises made him rightly one of the most respected figures in the voluntary sector. He made a truly outstanding contribution, and our sector is so much the stronger for his lifetime of work. I will greatly miss his friendship and his wisdom. Stephen worked closely with many of us at NCVO, and our thoughts are with his family.’

Read more: Tribute to Stephen Lloyd

NCVO reminds charities of the importance of historical archives

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for charities to protect their historical records, as part of a new project to archive charity sector documents.

The five-year scheme, funded by the British Academy, will reach across the UK and seeks to digitally preserve key voluntary sector records, particularly those dating back to the creation of the modern welfare state in 1945. It aims to ensure that records relating to welfare reform, which transformed the relationship between charities and the state, are not lost.

Read more: NCVO reminds charities of the importance of historical archives

NCVO comment on LGA council tax discount for volunteers proposal

Commenting on the LGA proposal for council tax discounts for volunteers, Justin Davis Smith, executive director for volunteering and development at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities in England, said:

‘We very much welcome any ideas for promoting volunteering, but this proposal raises both practical problems and questions of principle.

Read more: NCVO comment on LGA council tax discount for volunteers proposal

NCVO: Next Work Programme must involve charities in design to succeed

The poor performance of the Work Programme in getting harder-to-help jobseekers into work demonstrates there is a need for the government to work more closely with charities and service users when designing contracts, says a new report by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Read more: NCVO: Next Work Programme must involve charities in design to succeed

Call for evidence launched on financial sustainability of voluntary sector

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched a call for evidence as part of a review into the voluntary sector’s finances, alongside its partners Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and Small Charities Coalition.

The call for evidence, which is open to all voluntary organisations, provides the opportunity for respondents to tell their story about the impact of the recession on their organisation and how they have adapted to the changing funding environment.

Read more: Call for evidence launched on financial sustainability of voluntary sector

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