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Local charities must get a say in setting the priorities for local European funding, NCVO Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington said today, following the publication today of government guidance that sets out how priorities for European funding will be set locally (1). 

A new Code of Practice published today by NCVO aims to improve the relationships between prime and subcontractors in public services.

A European equivalent of the UK’s Compact agreement between government and the voluntary sector is within sight of becoming a reality, European charity leaders heard yesterday.

Over £100,000 in awards has gone to the first recipients of support from the new Big Assist programme. The awards, which averaged £5,000 in this round, are intended to give infrastructure organisations access to support and advice to help become more effective, efficient and sustainable. The awards are in the form of vouchers that can be spent with a wide range of support providers.

NCVO today launches the start of a month-long consultation period with staff on restructure proposals.

The key reason for the proposals is that following the merger between NCVO and Volunteering England at the start of 2013, when all Volunteering England staff transferred to NCVO, a number of duplicate roles now exist.

An NCVO joint project will become a stronger voice for charities in Europe following successful funding bids, it was announced today.

A snapshot poll of senior staff at NCVO members suggests many are planning to decrease their expenditure.

47% of those polled said their organisation planned to decrease its expenditure in the next 12 months, with 34% planning to increase it. 19% said they would make no change.

Commenting ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech on Europe, Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

"This country’s membership of the European Union brings with it a vast range of benefits, as leaders in politics and business have rightly said. Above and beyond its free market, however, Europe speaks to a principle that we hold dear – coming together to address common problems.

Responding to the latest report from the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector , Deputy CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Ben Kernighan said:

"The report is a welcome contribution to the debate. It’s right that we keep a close eye on relationships between charities and the state.

A youth work and homelessness charity has become NCVO’s 10,000th member. Staff and a volunteer from The Foxton Centre in Preston were presented with their membership documents at a special event last night hosted by NCVO’s President, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Chair, Martyn Lewis.

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