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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.

Defending the rights of voluntary organisations to campaign and safeguarding public trust and confidence in charities are among the priorities outlined in NCVO’s new strategic plan, launched today.

The five-year strategy follows a consultation with NCVO members last year, and will take NCVO to its centenary year, 2019.

Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

'Our members will be pleased to see that they can look forward to further growth in the economy. For many of them, the public spending environment will continue to be tough for the foreseeable future, with inevitable consequences for the communities they support.

​Communities and Local Government Committee report calling on all councils to let contracts on the basis of wider social value rather than lowest price is a timely nudge, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations says.

Helping jobless people to volunteer could be the key to reducing unemployment, a new report published today argues.

Volunteering can give people the skills and confidence needed to help them find jobs, according to the charity representative body, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

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