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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations today announced the launch of a major review into the future of the voluntary sector’s finances.

Local government and local health commissioners are under growing pressure to solve social problems. Arts and culture organisations can play a much more central role in helping to address these problems, according to a new report published today. The NPC-authored report, produced as part of the Cultural Commissioning Programme, argues that commissioners and cultural organisations alike must be bold in seizing this opportunity.

Justin Davis Smith, executive director for volunteering and development at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

‘We continue to get a lot of calls from charities and individual volunteers about risk and liability. The chances of any action being taken against them are very low but there is clearly a great concern about risk. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, anything that can be done to break down barriers to people getting involved in their communities is very welcome.

Volunteers from across England have been selected as ambassadors for the thirtieth anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 1 – 7 June 2014. (Full list in notes.)

The annual event, launched in 1984, marks the contribution that millions of volunteers make to charities and other organisations. Hundreds of events will be taking place as charities, schools, hospitals and other organisations take time during Volunteers’ Week to thank their volunteers.

The next government must prioritise preventative spending in order to address social problems and save money in the long term, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations said today.

Local councillors are being encouraged to get behind charities and volunteers in their areas by following the recommendations outlined in a new NCVO local elections briefing. 

Aimed at prospective local representatives, ahead of the elections later this month, NCVO’s recommendations include:

  • Councils should split large public service contracts into smaller packages to allow a greater diversity of organisations to bid.
  • Councils should take advantage of new light-touch EU procurement rules to allow for more innovative approaches.
  • Councillors should push the social value agenda in their areas.

Councillors should ask how their council is promoting volunteering – pushing for a clear volunteering strategy.

You can read our full election briefing (PDF, 60KB) , and also read Justin’s blog post on the importance of partnerships between voluntary groups and local authorities.

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Charities have been told they should publish full details of the pay of their senior executives, in order to maintain public trust. The recommendation comes in the report today of an inquiry into executive pay set up by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Download the report (PDF, 1.5MB)

Justin Davis Smith, executive director of volunteering and development, said:

'Volunteering has the potential to transform people's employment prospects – but clearly it must be freely entered into. NCVO sought and received assurances from DWP last year that mandated Community Work Placements, and any other sanctions-backed placements, will not be conflated with volunteering. Nevertheless, we have suggested that charities consider carefully whether to be involved.

A key government mechanism to boost innovation in public services could be preventing rather than promoting new ways of working, a report today warns (1).

UK charities lost over £1.3billion in income from government as spending cuts kicked in, new figures published today show.

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