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Commenting on the Scottish independence referendum result, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Despite the no vote, we can expect to see the political settlement in the UK shift at a rapid pace. As greater devolution takes shape in Scotland, the demand for devolution throughout England will inevitably pick up. This is likely to affect how any number of state services are run and governed. We have seen change in this area recently, such as the introduction of clinical commissioning groups and police and crime commissioners. Charities will need to be prepared to work with more and more different and new structures in order to represent the causes they work for.’ 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services will work towards a merger later this year, the two organisations announced today.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Stephen’s unparalleled expertise combined with his innovative thinking and sheer passion for the work of charities and social enterprises made him rightly one of the most respected figures in the voluntary sector. He made a truly outstanding contribution, and our sector is so much the stronger for his lifetime of work. I will greatly miss his friendship and his wisdom. Stephen worked closely with many of us at NCVO, and our thoughts are with his family.’

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for charities to protect their historical records, as part of a new project to archive charity sector documents.

The five-year scheme, funded by the British Academy, will reach across the UK and seeks to digitally preserve key voluntary sector records, particularly those dating back to the creation of the modern welfare state in 1945. It aims to ensure that records relating to welfare reform, which transformed the relationship between charities and the state, are not lost.

Commenting on the LGA proposal for council tax discounts for volunteers, Justin Davis Smith, executive director for volunteering and development at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities in England, said:

‘We very much welcome any ideas for promoting volunteering, but this proposal raises both practical problems and questions of principle.

The poor performance of the Work Programme in getting harder-to-help jobseekers into work demonstrates there is a need for the government to work more closely with charities and service users when designing contracts, says a new report by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched a call for evidence as part of a review into the voluntary sector’s finances, alongside its partners Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and Small Charities Coalition.

The call for evidence, which is open to all voluntary organisations, provides the opportunity for respondents to tell their story about the impact of the recession on their organisation and how they have adapted to the changing funding environment.

The charity sector is experiencing growing levels of spending and optimism, but growth may not be evenly spread, according to the latest Charity Forecast poll from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

On average, 63% of large charities - those with an income of £1m or more - plan to increase spending in the next year, compared to an average of 51% of lower-income charities.

Nine government departments, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), will be involved in a work shadowing programme giving one thousand civil servants the chance to spend a day in the life of a charity employee. The DWP has doubled the number of places it is offering from 100 to 200 after the popularity of last year’s scheme, with demand particularly high among front-line staff in Jobcentre Plus branches.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

'It was inevitable that recognising the promotion of human rights as a charitable purpose would lead us into some new territory. I believe the tribunal has made the right decision in this case. Charities have long done much to protect the most vulnerable around the world, in many different ways. Seeking to uphold the rights of those who are being persecuted strikes me as clearly within the realms of what the public might expect a charity to do.'

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