New volunteering scheme will help anchor care homes in their communities
- Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 00:01
A new programme to promote volunteering in care homes has launched this month with volunteers being recruited to support older people in both residential and nursing care homes in five Clinical Commissioning Group areas across England.
NCVO comment on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
- Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 14:08
Charlotte Ravenscroft, head of policy and research at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:
‘Many charities fear the new welfare cap will drive the government to make spending decisions that will lead to vulnerable people bearing the brunt of further cuts. Further details announced today do not resolve our concerns. We have called for a proper consultation on these proposals and also for any cap to have consultation mechanisms built into it.
NAO report on the Charity Commission and the Cup Trust
- Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 13:20
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations – the representative body for charities, said:
‘This report reflects what we have said for years. In order to maintain public trust, charities want a vigilant and effective regulator which takes prompt action in the rare instances of abuse. While it’s important the Commission doesn’t throw the book at charities that have made a simple mistake, for too long it has veered the other way, taking a soft-touch approach in even the most serious cases.
Micro-volunteering on the rise – new research
- Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 16:33
More organisations are creating and advertising ‘micro-volunteering’ opportunities, according to new research from NCVO published today.
Demand for such volunteering opportunities, often tasks that can be completed online or on smartphones, is also likely to grow, the research concludes, as it provides a more accessible form of volunteering which is increasingly sought after. Growth will also be driven by technological development.
Payment by results implementation ‘seriously flawed’ – new report
- Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:01
The way a key government mechanism to improve public services has been implemented has often been ‘seriously flawed’, a report today argues.
Executive Pay Inquiry announced
- Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 16:03
NCVO today (Friday 11 October) announced the members of the Executive Pay Inquiry that will draw up guidelines for charity trustees when deciding on pay levels for senior executives.
The Inquiry will explore the arguments about what are appropriate levels of pay for charity senior executives, and how these levels should be arrived at. It will also explore the relationship between salary levels and public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole. The Inquiry will produce definitive guidelines for charity trustees, informed by a broad debate on the issues involved, to take into account when setting salaries.
Lobbying bill amendments do not go far enough. Joint statement from NCVO and ACEVO
- Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 14:31
Responding to the publication of the government’s amendments, Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO said:
"The government’s commitment to address the legitimate concerns of many charities and other voluntary organisations remains welcome, however, the proposed amendments do not go far enough.
Campaigning and lobbying standards group announced
- Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 16:42
NCVO today (Thursday 26 September) announced the make-up of the group that will create the first ever set of standards for charity campaigning and lobbying.
NCVO response to lobbying bill amendments announcement
- Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:11
Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:
"The government made a commitment to ensure that normal campaigning is not inadvertently impacted by this rushed legislation. We will be taking legal advice on the proposed amendments when they are published to determine whether they have met this commitment. We will also discuss them with our members.
NCVO statement on probation reforms
- Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:14
Commenting on today’s announcement by the Ministry of Justice on the providers of rehabilitation services across England and Wales, Sir Stuart Etherington said:
“Specialist charities, many involving dedicated volunteers, can make all the difference to the lives of people leaving prison and help reduce reoffending. It’s pleasing to see that after consulting widely with the voluntary sector the Government has taken on board some of the lessons of the Work Programme – particularly in terms of programme structure and supply chain management.