Autumn statement 2015 – NCVO comment

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO:

We know that charities deliver effective and efficient public services. Even though public service spending cuts are less than expected, if current trends continue, cuts to voluntary sector delivery will be deeper than cuts overall. It's time for a major review of how public service markets work so that the expertise and skills of charities can be better used to benefit the public.

On business rate localisation

We will continue to talk to the Treasury about the value of business rate relief to the charity sector ahead of the conclusions of their review.

On the Big Lottery Fund

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped us demonstrate the importance of Big Lottery funding over the past week, including people who spoke up on behalf of this vital source of funding. I'd like to thank the chancellor for listening to them and recognising the value the Big Lottery Fund adds to communities throughout the UK.

On apprenticeships

Young people have been hard hit in recent years and I believe it's important that the charity sector plays its part in creating opportunities, but it's also important that there is meaningful consultation on the details. We'll be talking to the new Institute for Apprenticeships to make sure these schemes work well for apprentices and employers in the sector.

Read more NCVO analysis in Michael Birtwistle’s blog.

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