Budget 2014: NCVO comments
- Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:03
Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:
'Our members will be pleased to see that they can look forward to further growth in the economy. For many of them, the public spending environment will continue to be tough for the foreseeable future, with inevitable consequences for the communities they support.
'For charities to play their part in creating jobs and growth, they need the opportunity to take a greater role in public service delivery. The government still has much more to do to improve commissioning of public services.
Social investment tax relief
'We've been calling for a social investment tax relief for several years, because it has the potential to support voluntary organisations that want to scale up their activities.
'In practice, the relief will be of limited benefit in the early years while the treasury is seeking EU state aid clearance. But it's a welcome first step and we support the government in its ambition to increase the scope of this relief in the future.
'While social security spending must be carefully managed, the cap in itself does nothing to stop the need for welfare support arising. Many charities are concerned the cap will drive short term decision-making about benefit levels, whereas what will really reduce the welfare bill over the long term is investing in prevention and early action.
Gift aid reform
'We've been concerned that the gift aid small donations scheme is too complex for many of those it's targeted at to be able to claim. We called on the government to do more to support smaller charities so we're pleased to see the announcement of an outreach team to help smaller charities get the tax reliefs they're entitled to.
'Gift aid is an important relief so it is reassuring the government is taking the necessary time to think through the consequence of any changes through further consultation.'