Press releases

Devolved health bodies should be incentivised to measure and reduce health inequalities and improve wellbeing, according to an influential group of health charities.

The government’s new civil society strategy has delivered a range of positive announcements, but implementation will be key, said the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities and volunteering.

Charities should be willing to share information about how they work and operate with ‘a presumption of openness and appropriate transparency’, a draft code of ethics for the sector published today recommends.

The code, led by Dame Mary Marsh and published by NCVO, is part of a major programme of work agreed by charities, umbrella bodies, the Charity Commission and the government, following revelations about sexual abuse in international development.

Charities are counting down the days until Volunteers’ Week 2018, taking place 1-7 June, now in its 34th year. The annual campaign sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Charities have completed a long journey to recover their finances to pre-2008 levels, new data released by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows.

AC18SotSGood morning everyone, and welcome to NCVO’s Annual Conference.

It is great to be here, to talk with you, and to hear about the fantastic things that you are all doing. The world around us is truly changed by charities.

It is NCVO’s 100th birthday next year. It was round about this time, one hundred years ago, that discussions were taking place about how voluntary social work could be better organised.

The Charity Tax Commission has launched a consultation seeking views on whether and how the tax treatment of charities – estimated to be worth around £3.7bn a year – needs to be reformed.

The review, the first systematic look at charity tax reliefs in over 20 years, will examine the role charities play in society, and seek to identify ways to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the current system.

Commenting on the appointment of Tina Stowell as chair of the Charity Commission, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

I am looking forward to working with Baroness Stowell. I think she will bring fresh ideas to the role, and her emphasis on the importance of working in partnership with the sector at her pre-appointment hearing yesterday was welcome.

Peter Kellner, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities, said:

International development charities take abuse issues very seriously and are constantly working to root out those who are looking to do wrong under the guise of helping some of the world’s most vulnerable. All the major charities have policies and procedures in place and dedicate significant effort to minimising the risk of abuse taking place. However, it is clear that more can and must be done, not only to revive the reputation of those charities in the news but also to maintain public confidence in the sector as a whole.

NCVO’s chief executive, Stuart Etherington, has been appointed a visiting fellow at Cumberland Lodge, an educational institution and charity which is focused on inspiring and equipping people to tackle social division.

In the role, Sir Stuart will act as an ambassador for Cumberland Lodge and will bring his expertise to the Lodge’s academic life through contributing to its events and lectures programme.

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