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  • The next government must prioritise preventative spending in order to address social problems and save money in the long term, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations said today.

  • Overall picture positive but research reveals areas for improvement to allow public sector volunteering programmes to fulfil their potential, says NCVO

    People giving their time to public services, such as hospital and library volunteers, police specials, magistrates and school governors, are less satisfied with their experience than those giving their time to charities, new research has revealed. One in four (24%) say that their experience is ‘too much like paid work’.

  • 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.

  • Sir Stuart Etherington’s speech on local infrastructure, delivered at the Big Assist Beacon awards in Manchester on Monday 5 October 2015.

    First of all can I thank you Alex for the opportunity to co-host this evening’s event and also for the great work GMCVO is doing in Manchester as the opportunities and challenges of devolution grow in the region.

  • A group of leading charities have warned the government that the new overall cap on welfare spending – the Annually Managed Expenditure cap – could drive short-term decisions about social security.

  • NCVO is to undertake a major research project into the effects of recent welfare reforms on charities and their beneficiaries.

    The year-long project will consider the effectiveness of recent welfare reforms and identify the impacts they have had. The review will take evidence from charities and is intended to inform thinking on any future changes to welfare policy.

    The project launched today with a call for evidence from charities on the impact reforms have had on their beneficiaries and the ways in which charities have changed the support they provide to beneficiaries.

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