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  • Put charities and volunteers at the heart of local elections

    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.

  • Sector leaders set out expectations for anti-advocacy 'pause'

    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.

  • United Nations Director-General backs Constructive Voices

    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.

  • Victory for the Give It Back, George campaign

    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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