Press releases

With the support of the UK Government's Arab Partnership Fund, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched ‘Building Bridges’ project to strengthen civil society in North Africa.

Charities are battling with an increased demand for their services despite being hit by multiple financial pressures, according to a new survey of charity leaders.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today welcomed a report which suggests that the public benefit requirement is viewed by those involved with the charity sector as an opportunity to develop and maintain public confidence in charities.

Volunteering England and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations are commencing formal discussions with a view to merging.

An independent report today illustrates how volunteers contribute millions of pounds worth of hidden time, commitment and energy to the charity sector every year.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today responded to Christopher Snowdon’s report Sock Puppets: How the government lobbies itself and why. The report, which has been published today, suggests that charities in receipt of government funding should not be allowed to lobby and often do not have widespread public support.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today welcomed George Osborne's announcement that the cap on tax relief on charitable donations will be dropped.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has responded to the Treasury's plans to drop the controversial tax rises on pasties and caravans, saying that they need to do the same with the charity tax.

Charity Finance Group (CFG) and NCVO have stressed that Government must go further than the additional £30m for the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme and exempt all charities from the planned VAT imposition on alterations to listed buildings. Removing the zero rating will bring huge costs to charities operating in listed buildings, yet the scheme is only available for churches and other listed places of worship, with no equivalent fund in place to compensate other affected charities.

The Charities Act has largely proved to be a good piece of legislation, and the Charity Commission is doing a respectable job of supporting the sector despite its limited resources, according to an independent review being published today.

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