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  • NCVO says the unusual two-year parliamentary session and the arithmetic of a hung parliament means there will be significant scrutiny of legislation, giving charities an opportunity to influence in areas that matter to them.

  • Local councillors are being encouraged to get behind charities and volunteers in their areas by following the recommendations outlined in a new NCVO local elections briefing. 

    Aimed at prospective local representatives, ahead of the elections later this month, NCVO’s recommendations include:

    • Councils should split large public service contracts into smaller packages to allow a greater diversity of organisations to bid.
    • Councils should take advantage of new light-touch EU procurement rules to allow for more innovative approaches.
    • Councillors should push the social value agenda in their areas.

    Councillors should ask how their council is promoting volunteering – pushing for a clear volunteering strategy.

    You can read our full election briefing (PDF, 60KB) , and also read Justin’s blog post on the importance of partnerships between voluntary groups and local authorities.

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NCVO and the Alliance for Useful Evidence are looking into the use of evidence in charity campaigns.

    We’re planning to draw out lessons for charities and develop guidance on how to make the best use of evidence in charity campaigning. We want our final report to be useful for any charity which wants to use research in its campaigning in a well-founded and effective way.

    We’d really like to hear from charities, and other interested parties, to get their views and experiences.

    Why we are doing this

    Well-founded, effective research matters if you want to influence policy and campaign successfully.

    Good evidence is more likely to persuade policy-makers and others that a charity has a strong argument. At NCVO, we also think it matters for its own sake, because:

    • showing why an issue is important enough for charities to campaign on makes charities’ decision-making more transparent
    • good evidence helps charities to campaign in the areas which would make the most difference to their own objectives and find the best solutions to the problems they raise
    • using evidence to design and deliver campaigns can help to ensure their relevance and impact.

    The Charity Commission recommends that, in carrying out research or endorsing research carried out by other organisations, charities should make sure that the research is properly conducted.

    Call for evidence questions

    Please feel free to answer as many or as few questions as you feel are relevant, or to give us your thoughts in a more general format. We will not use a quote from you without your permission.

    1. How do you and your organisation make use of evidence in your campaigning?
    2. What steps do you take to ensure that evidence is used well in your campaigns?
    3. What challenges do you feel you and your organisation experience in using evidence?
    4. Can you give examples of how you have used evidence in campaigning?
    5. Can you give examples of how you used evidence in designing and evaluating campaigns?
    6. Would you be happy to discuss these issues further with NCVO staff?

    Please email your responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for this call for evidence is 22 October 2018. Please do get in touch if you’d like to submit evidence but might have a problem meeting this deadline.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today welcomed George Osborne's announcement that the cap on tax relief on charitable donations will be dropped.

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