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Marian Nelson R.I.P 27.5.1955-18.1.2014

We are sad to hear of the passing of Marian Nelson on Saturday 18 Jan 2014.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

'I'm pleased that peers supported Lord Harries' amendment on staff costs. Accounting for staff costs remains a particularly problematic part of this bill, as well as constituency limits and the rules on campaigning in coalition. We would like to see further movement on these.

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.

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