Briefings

February 2019

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is the largest representative body for voluntary organisations and volunteering in England, with over 14,000 members. NCVO champions voluntary action: our vision is a society where we can all make a difference to the causes that we believe in. Volunteering and a vibrant voluntary sector deserve a strong voice and the best support. NCVO works to provide that support and voice.

NCVO has worked closely with charities over the course of Brexit negotiations, to ensure that issues of importance across the sector are reflected to government, and those discussions inform this briefing.

This is the text of two letters, sent to NCVO by the prime minister and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in response to Stuart Etherington's requests for clarification around the use of 'adverse publicity' clauses in government contracts. The requests were made in relation to articles published in the Times on 12 October and 6 November 2018.

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NCVO welcomes the opportunity for MPs to debate society lotteries. Lotteries are a valuable source of income for charities. Funding supports innovative and grassroots projects that have a huge impact on the communities involved, and which might not have otherwise found funding. In addition, society lottery funding is mainly unrestricted, which means it can be used in any way that helps achieve an organisation’s charitable purposes.

NCVO supports the aim of ensuring that lotteries are able to thrive and deliver the maximum benefit to good causes. We also support greater transparency in society lotteries.

This is the text of two letters, sent by NCVO to the prime minister and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, seeking clarification around the use of 'adverse publicity' clauses in government contracts. These letters were sent in response to articles published in the Times on 12 October and 6 November 2018.

This is a series of seven fact sheets about reporting on charity issues. They provide context for accurate reporting and details of where to get more information.

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