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  • NCVO in ‘Christmas appeal’ to peers on lobbying bill

    NCVO chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, has written to peers ahead of the committee stage of the lobbying bill this week, asking them to back key amendments to protect charities and community groups from the potential impact of the bill.

  • NCVO responds to Charity Commission research on public trust and confidence

    Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations said:

    Charities have listened to public concerns – and have taken concerted action to ensure that members of the public can have complete confidence in what they do.

    Charities, and all that they achieve, only exist thanks to their supporters and the wider public. We must ensure that all charities – regardless of size or sector – are well-run and well-regulated and that the mistakes of last summer are not repeated.

  • NCVO responds to the Lobbying Act consultation

    Devising laws that protect legitimate campaigning while guarding against undue influence is a delicate balancing act. NCVO does not believe that the Lobbying Act as it stands strikes the right balance. Further consideration of the types of activities covered, a reduction of the length of the regulated period, and the removal of constituency limits and staff costs are all needed to reduce the administrative burden on voluntary organisations.

  • NCVO response to lobbying bill amendments announcement

    Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

    "The government made a commitment to ensure that normal campaigning is not inadvertently impacted by this rushed legislation. We will be taking legal advice on the proposed amendments when they are published to determine whether they have met this commitment. We will also discuss them with our members.

  • NCVO seeks urgent legal advice over government campaigning proposals

    Charities, led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), have written to Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith to express serious concerns over proposals in the lobbying and transparency bill which would dramatically limit their ability to speak out on issues affecting the people and causes they support.

  • NCVO to review Charity Commission governance structure

    NCVO will review the Charity Commission’s governance structure and appointments process in order to find ways for the regulator to put questions about its political neutrality to rest for good, it was announced today.

  • NCVO welcomes Public Benefit Research

    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today welcomed a report which suggests that the public benefit requirement is viewed by those involved with the charity sector as an opportunity to develop and maintain public confidence in charities.

  • NCVO: Charity volunteer ‘internships’ must be genuine development opportunities

    Charities have been warned against inadvertently exploiting the precarious employment situation of young people by creating poor-quality 'intern' positions.

  • New Charity Commission board members – NCVO reaction

    Commenting on the three new appointments to the Charity Commission board, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

    The new appointees have substantial professional backgrounds, with decades of experience at senior levels in complex organisations.

  • Publication of the revised Public Benefit Guidance by the Charity Commission

    Following the publication of the revised Public Benefit Guidance by the Charity Commission, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Senior Policy Officer said:

    'The Commission has made good work of the challenging job of distilling centuries of case law into guidance for trustees. We remain of the view that it would be helpful for parliament to establish some high-level principles of public benefit to which the Commission and trustees could have regard.

  • Recommendations on Charity Regulation - NCVO Response

    Commenting on the government’s response to reports by Lord Hodgson and the Public Accounts Select Committee on charity regulation, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

    ‘This response reflects broadly thoughtful and sensible positions from government on charity regulation.

  • 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.

  • Tribute to Stephen Lloyd

    Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    ‘Stephen’s unparalleled expertise combined with his innovative thinking and sheer passion for the work of charities and social enterprises made him rightly one of the most respected figures in the voluntary sector. He made a truly outstanding contribution, and our sector is so much the stronger for his lifetime of work. I will greatly miss his friendship and his wisdom. Stephen worked closely with many of us at NCVO, and our thoughts are with his family.’

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