Press releases

NCVO and PhotoVoice have announced the launch of the NCVO Members’ Photography Competition 2015. The competition is open to service users, staff and volunteers at organisations which are NCVO members, and looks for photographs which communicate the difference that members are making to their communities.

 

NCVO looks at the main announcements affecting the voluntary sector, including social investment tax relief, VAT refunds and the business rates review.

Read more in Andrew O’Brien’s blog post

 

This week marks the first anniversary of the Step up to Serve campaign, which is committed to doubling the number of young people engaged in social action by 2020. NCVO has pledged its support to this initiative and will shortly be releasing a new guide for organisations interested in involving more young people in volunteering.

Speaking at the Civil Society APPG, Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex announced that its campaigning guidance, CC9, will be assessed following the general election.

Fines levied frim the banks from the rigged forex rates are likely to total £1.1bn. NCVO would urge the government to ring-fence the forex fines for support for local community groups.

Devising laws that protect legitimate campaigning while guarding against undue influence is a delicate balancing act. NCVO does not believe that the Lobbying Act as it stands strikes the right balance. Further consideration of the types of activities covered, a reduction of the length of the regulated period, and the removal of constituency limits and staff costs are all needed to reduce the administrative burden on voluntary organisations.

Four charities from across the country received a national quality award on Monday. The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), recognises charities which have demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of governance. The awards were presented at NCVO’s annual Trustee Conference, which marked the launch of this year’s Trustees Week.

Details of the merger between the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services have been finalised, it was announced today.

NCVO will review the Charity Commission’s governance structure and appointments process in order to find ways for the regulator to put questions about its political neutrality to rest for good, it was announced today.

Commenting on the Charity Commission’s announcement of changes to the annual return for charities , including its decision to return next year to the question of requiring charities to publish their expenditure on ‘campaigning activities’, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

'I'm pleased the Commission have listened to our concerns about this proposal. We are in favour of transparency and we have done much to advocate greater transparency ourselves, for example on executive pay, but their proposal as it stood was unworkable.

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