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Welcoming the changes to the lobbying bill, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which first raised concerns about the bill, said:

‘Much of the risk to charities from this legislation has now been averted.

NCVO chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, has written to peers ahead of the committee stage of the lobbying bill this week, asking them to back key amendments to protect charities and community groups from the potential impact of the bill.

A volunteering programme run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has displayed ‘an impressive capacity’ to help unemployed people into paid work, according to an independent evaluation (pdf, 955KB).

A new programme to promote volunteering in care homes has launched this month with volunteers being recruited to support older people in both residential and nursing care homes in five Clinical Commissioning Group areas across England.

Charlotte Ravenscroft, head of policy and research at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

‘Many charities fear the new welfare cap will drive the government to make spending decisions that will lead to vulnerable people bearing the brunt of further cuts. Further details announced today do not resolve our concerns. We have called for a proper consultation on these proposals and also for any cap to have consultation mechanisms built into it.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations – the representative body for charities, said:

‘This report reflects what we have said for years. In order to maintain public trust, charities want a vigilant and effective regulator which takes prompt action in the rare instances of abuse. While it’s important the Commission doesn’t throw the book at charities that have made a simple mistake, for too long it has veered the other way, taking a soft-touch approach in even the most serious cases.

More organisations are creating and advertising ‘micro-volunteering’ opportunities, according to new research from NCVO published today.

Demand for such volunteering opportunities, often tasks that can be completed online or on smartphones, is also likely to grow, the research concludes, as it provides a more accessible form of volunteering which is increasingly sought after. Growth will also be driven by technological development.

The way a key government mechanism to improve public services has been implemented has often been ‘seriously flawed’, a report today argues.

NCVO today (Friday 11 October) announced the members of the Executive Pay Inquiry that will draw up guidelines for charity trustees when deciding on pay levels for senior executives.

The Inquiry will explore the arguments about what are appropriate levels of pay for charity senior executives, and how these levels should be arrived at. It will also explore the relationship between salary levels and public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole. The Inquiry will produce definitive guidelines for charity trustees, informed by a broad debate on the issues involved, to take into account when setting salaries.

Responding to the publication of the government’s amendments, Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO said:

"The government’s commitment to address the legitimate concerns of many charities and other voluntary organisations remains welcome, however, the proposed amendments do not go far enough.

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