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The UN Director-General has welcomed NCVO’s Constructive Voices project and the positive contribution of the charity sector. Speaking after a meeting of top journalists, editors and figures from the charity and social enterprise sectors convened by Constructive Voices, Michael Møller, a strong advocate of constructive journalism said:

I very much welcome Constructive Voices and that it is championing constructive, solutions-focused journalism at the very moment that this trend towards a more balanced kind of journalism is picking up steam. It’s clear from the comments at the meeting that the voluntary sector has a valuable role to play in contributing solutions to society. I hope the media take note of that.

There must be clear and comprehensive consultation on the anti-advocacy clause and on any proposed changes to it, NCVO, Acevo and SEUK said today.

In a joint statement, the sector bodies said:

The government's pause on implementation of the anti-advocacy clause is a welcome move and we are pleased that they have acknowledged the need for further review.

Responding to the announcement of a 'pause on implementation' on the anti-lobbying clause, NCVO, Acevo and Social Enterprise UK issued a joint statement:

Following correspondence with the Cabinet Office, we are pleased to see that the government has 'paused on implementation' of its anti-lobbying clause.

We continue to call for the full and immediate withdrawal of this policy. The clause, as it stands, goes much further than it says on the tin and will deter many charities and social enterprises from making representations to government and parliament.

United Nations Director-General calls for more constructive approach to news

The United Nations Director-General, Michael Møller, is calling on the media to engage and empower people by adopting a more constructive approach to news coverage. His call comes ahead of a meeting in London to discuss constructive journalism, a more solutions-focused style of reporting.

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and PhotoVoice have announced the winners of their photography competition, with Alopecia UK and Light Inc. scooping the top prizes. The prizes were awarded at NCVO’s Annual Conference on 18 April, and were presented by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP.

Sir Stuart Etherington's State of the Sector address, delivered at the NCVO Annual Conference on Monday 18 April 2016.

Good morning, everyone.

I’d like to join Martyn in thanking you for coming to join us here today.

My colleagues at NCVO have worked hard to make sure that you get real value from today, and we very much hope that you will leave feeling equipped to face the challenges ahead.

Young people’s volunteering levels show sharp increase

The income of Britain’s biggest charities grew in 2013/14, while that of smaller and medium-sized charities’ decreased in real terms, new analysis shows, continuing a long-term trend.

Before the budget, NCVO and Charity Finance Group wrote a joint letter to David Gauke asking the government to retain the current 80% mandatory relief on business rates for charities. We have now received a welcome response which confirms the decision in the budget to maintain this important relief. We spent lots of time talking to Treasury officials about the impact a reduction in this relief would have, and we are pleased that they have recognised this, and the value of the voluntary sector.

With just under three months until the referendum, NCVO has published a short discussion paper looking at the implications of EU membership for charities.

Bringing volunteer members of the public into care homes can have a profound positive impact on residents' wellbeing, according to new analysis of a pilot project that linked care homes with local volunteer centres.

The three-year project, run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and funded by the Department of Health, piloted bringing volunteers into care homes in five separate clinical commissioning group areas.

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