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Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

I was very pleased to hear the prime minister’s speech today. She is entirely correct that the state alone cannot solve problems, and that different types of organisations share the responsibility for improving our society, but also that between us we have the skills to make it happen.

Commenting on today's announcement by the minister for civil society of a package of measures to help tackle the challenge of getting small charities into the public services supply chain, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

Opening up public services commissioning to smaller charities will lead to better outcomes for the people who depend on them. The expertise of charities helps create caring, responsive and efficient public services.

A new easy-read guide to trusteeship published today will help people with learning disabilities to become charity trustees. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has translated its best-selling Good Trustee Guide into easy-read format in order to provide information about a trustee's role and best practice guidance to people with learning disabilities.

By making the information contained in the Good Trustee Guide accessible, NCVO hopes to help charities improve the diversity of their governance structure and increase the effectiveness of their trustee board. Increasing board diversity is a key recommendation of the new draft Charity Governance Code.

Charities have welcomed substantial changes to the government's planned 'anti-lobbying clause', announced today.

Commenting on the three new appointments to the Charity Commission board, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

The new appointees have substantial professional backgrounds, with decades of experience at senior levels in complex organisations.

Welcoming the appointment of Vicky Browning as chief executive of Acevo, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

I am delighted that ACEVO have appointed Vicky as their new chief executive.

A consultation has opened today on a significant new version of the charity sector governance code.

The code, a tool to help charities strengthen and develop their governance, was originally created in 2005.

This major overhaul, launched at the start of Trustees Week 2016, sees new and more detailed guidance included in the code, with an enhanced focus on delivering organisational purpose and direction.

Those with an interest in charity governance are being asked to feed back their views on the code. The consultation runs until Friday 3 February 2017.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities and volunteering, has welcomed the government's announcement that the National Citizen Service (NCS) will be given a royal charter along with measures to enhance its accountability. NCS has provided positive experiences for many young people and helped them develop important skills.

However, NCVO said that NCS could still do more to work with local charities to ensure it reaches its potential as a starting point for life-long volunteering.

New recommendations would mean charities would not call members of the public without clear permission.

Plus donors will always have a way to opt out of phone calls and letters under proposals published today.

New proposals published today would put donors in control of their relationships with charities.

Recommendations from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), developed with a group of leading charities, set out new standards that will let donors decide if and how they are contacted by the charities they give to.

Under the proposals, charities that buy data would only call people if they had specifically given their permission to be contacted by that named charity, not simply from agreeing to being ‘happy to receive marketing from selected third parties’. Charities that call their donors or members of the public would also regularly ask them if they are happy to be contacted in the future.

Commenting on the transfer of the role of minister for civil society from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, which represents charities and volunteering, said:

We have always championed charities and the remarkable things they do for our society to every part of government. Charitable giving, volunteering and social action are part of the social and cultural heritage of Britain. Charities contribute to economic growth and run high quality, user-oriented public services. They can play an important role in delivering the ambitious social justice programme that Theresa May set out in her first speech as prime minister.

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