Press releases

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) are to create a data resource that will improve the evidence base for the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to its finances and resources over the past decade.

Charities have been warned against inadvertently exploiting the precarious employment situation of young people by creating poor-quality 'intern' positions.

Sustainable future and greater reach for training and accreditation

Trustees of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) and the board of NCVO have today announced that MBF’s core services are to be transferred to NCVO.

Responding to the committee’s report, Elizabeth Chamberlain, policy manager at NCVO, said:

‘The committee’s work is a testament to the value of proper pre-legislative scrutiny. We’ve had a process where the government has consulted on proposals, it has amended them based on consultation feedback, and now a committee has further scrutinised and improved them. This is how all legislation should be dealt with, and the forthcoming bill will be all the better for this work.

Responding to the government’s review of the Social Value Act, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

‘This review rightly recognises the potential of the Social Value Act to improve public services and help public bodies tackle the dual pressures of reduced spending budgets and increased demand for the services they commission.

Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO, said:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Daniel after a longstanding illness. Daniel was both a good friend and a valued colleague. Under his leadership as a publisher, Daniel made a large and lasting contribution to our sector, helping charities and those working in them to raise their game. I remember with great affection the many happy and thoughtful conversations we had together, both in London and in St. Ives.

Our thoughts are with Daniel’s wife, Cathy, and his family, at this sad time.”


Speaking at the launch of the Report from the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

'This report is an important contribution to the very real debates about independence that our members face each day.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) have announced further plans to support infrastructure organisations under the Big Assist programme.

The announcement comes shortly after the publication of a report from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, set up by NAVCA.

Commenting on the NAO’s follow-up report into the Charity Commission, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘This review reflects significant progress for which the Commission and its staff deserve much credit. The NAO identify a number of outstanding areas of concern. We are particularly keen to see the Commission return to a more conventional division between governance and executive. We look forward to seeing the results of the governance audit being carried out in the coming months.

Commenting on the Navca report, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘It is worth being frank about the challenges set out in this comprehensive and timely report. There are simply no easy answers to many of the issues identified. However I believe that NCVO and Navca have a responsibility to do what we can to support infrastructure organisations as they face these challenges, so we will convene a series of discussions on the future shape of infrastructure. We will explore the full range of options to create a sustainable future. Reform is undoubtedly necessary.’

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