Press releases

The death of Sir Bert Massie is a great loss, personally and professionally, says Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of NCVO.

Three organisations representing thousands of charities have asked the Electoral Commission to explain its opposition to reform of the Lobbying Act, which contributed to the government dropping plans to make any changes.

In a letter sent earlier today to Claire Bassett, the chief executive of the commission, NCVO, ACEVO, and Bond have asked for a detailed explanation of why the Commission opposed reform.

NCVO’s board has announced that it has proposed the Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham OBE as its choice to become the membership organisation’s next president.

Lady (Jill) Pitkeathley has had a long career in public service and has worked in or with the voluntary sector for more than 40 years. She has been chief executive officer, chair and trustee of many charities.

NCVO is urging as many charities as possible to submit evidence to a new Lords select committee on citizenship and civic engagement in order to highlight innovations and best practice in the area.

The ad hoc committee, chaired by Lord Hodgson, is examining ways of building bridges within and between communities and supporting civic engagement. The committee says it is keen to ‘think about citizenship in a more vibrant, positive and integrated manner’.

All future health and care plans should be produced in collaboration with the voluntary sector, review urges

Recognition of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s potential in health and social care is vital but still limited, a new report finds. While there are examples of positive local partnerships, the difference that these organisations can make is not consistently understood.

External reviews for larger charities every three years, more openness and limits on how long trustees may serve are among new recommendations unveiled today by a group of leading charity membership bodies to strengthen governance and accountability in the voluntary and community sector.

The new Charity Governance Code will outline the high standards that all charities in England and Wales should aspire to and is designed to help charities and their trustees to develop high standards of governance.

NCVO says the unusual two-year parliamentary session and the arithmetic of a hung parliament means there will be significant scrutiny of legislation, giving charities an opportunity to influence in areas that matter to them.

A coalition of leading charities says that it is vital that the Lobbying Act is reformed immediately after confusion about it during the 2017 election campaign deterred many from raising issues.

Events are being planned across the country to mark Volunteers' Week 2017, taking place 1-7 June. The annual campaign sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

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