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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.

Charity representative body the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched the UK’s first not-for-profit public affairs consultancy service. Aimed at charities, the service will help organisations get a foothold in Westminster and Whitehall and help decision-makers better understand the needs of the people they support.

A new charity ‘super conference’ will replace its annual conference this summer, NCVO announced today.

Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

"The government recognises the benefits that could come from involving charities in rehabilitation services. Specialist charities, many involving dedicated volunteers, can make all the difference to the lives of people leaving prison and help reduce reoffending.

The merger between NCVO and Volunteering England was finalised today, with the organisations set to formally come together on 1 January 2013.

A broad sector coalition working with local and national partners in the European Funding Network has joined forces to call on the government for a greater role for civil society in the next programme of EU funding.

Sector leaders have welcomed Government amendments to the Small Charitable Donations Bill, that cleared its final hurdle in the Commons last night. After months of campaigning to make the Bill fairer and more accessible for charities, these amendments will ensure that more charities are able to benefit from the scheme. The Bill will now proceed to the House of Lords.

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech to the CBI, Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of NCVO, said:

"Equality Impact Assessments were valued by many in the sector as a safeguard against wrongful and unfair decisions."

Volunteering England chief executive, Justin Davis Smith, will lead NCVO’s new volunteering directorate under the organisation's merger proposals, NCVO announced today.

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