Press releases

Responding to the government’s review of the Social Value Act, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

‘This review rightly recognises the potential of the Social Value Act to improve public services and help public bodies tackle the dual pressures of reduced spending budgets and increased demand for the services they commission.

Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO, said:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Daniel after a longstanding illness. Daniel was both a good friend and a valued colleague. Under his leadership as a publisher, Daniel made a large and lasting contribution to our sector, helping charities and those working in them to raise their game. I remember with great affection the many happy and thoughtful conversations we had together, both in London and in St. Ives.

Our thoughts are with Daniel’s wife, Cathy, and his family, at this sad time.”

 

Speaking at the launch of the Report from the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

'This report is an important contribution to the very real debates about independence that our members face each day.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Big Lottery Fund have announced further plans to support infrastructure organisations under the Big Assist programme.

The announcement comes shortly after the publication of a report from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, set up by NAVCA.

Commenting on the NAO’s follow-up report into the Charity Commission, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘This review reflects significant progress for which the Commission and its staff deserve much credit. The NAO identify a number of outstanding areas of concern. We are particularly keen to see the Commission return to a more conventional division between governance and executive. We look forward to seeing the results of the governance audit being carried out in the coming months.

Commenting on the Navca report, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘It is worth being frank about the challenges set out in this comprehensive and timely report. There are simply no easy answers to many of the issues identified. However I believe that NCVO and Navca have a responsibility to do what we can to support infrastructure organisations as they face these challenges, so we will convene a series of discussions on the future shape of infrastructure. We will explore the full range of options to create a sustainable future. Reform is undoubtedly necessary.’

NCVO and PhotoVoice have announced the launch of the NCVO Members’ Photography Competition 2015. The competition is open to service users, staff and volunteers at organisations which are NCVO members, and looks for photographs which communicate the difference that members are making to their communities.

 

NCVO looks at the main announcements affecting the voluntary sector, including social investment tax relief, VAT refunds and the business rates review.

Read more in Andrew O’Brien’s blog post

 

This week marks the first anniversary of the Step up to Serve campaign, which is committed to doubling the number of young people engaged in social action by 2020. NCVO has pledged its support to this initiative and will shortly be releasing a new guide for organisations interested in involving more young people in volunteering.

Speaking at the Civil Society APPG, Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex announced that its campaigning guidance, CC9, will be assessed following the general election.

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