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  • Sir John Major's speech at the 18th annual Hinton lecture on 10 November 2015.

  • Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO:

    We know that charities deliver effective and efficient public services. Even though public service spending cuts are less than expected, if current trends continue, cuts to voluntary sector delivery will be deeper than cuts overall. It's time for a major review of how public service markets work so that the expertise and skills of charities can be better used to benefit the public.

  • Young people’s volunteering levels show sharp increase

    The income of Britain’s biggest charities grew in 2013/14, while that of smaller and medium-sized charities’ decreased in real terms, new analysis shows, continuing a long-term trend.

  • Ten charities from across England will be competing to engage their communities and supporters in a new form of fundraising. The Crowdfunding Challenge, which runs until November this year, pits ten very different organisations against each other to learn, experiment and raise money from crowdfunding.

  • New data released today shows the powerful effect that high inflation had on charity sector finances in recent years. The UK Civil Society Almanac 2013, published by NCVO, examines charities’ accounts for financial year 2010/11.

  • Charities have completed a long journey to recover their finances to pre-2008 levels, new data released by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows.

  • Responding to today’s announcement of new funding and legislation to strengthen the Charity Commission, Karl Wilding, director of public policy, said:

    'It's been clear for some time that the Charity Commission's enforcement work has not been as strong as it could be. We also know that it has struggled to deal with routine queries from charities in a prompt manner. This investment and its plans to revamp its work are very welcome and we believe they have the potential to make a significant difference. It's crucial we have an effective regulator that deals quickly with any poor practice to help ensure the public can continue to trust charities.

  • On 12 October the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP and Sir Stuart Etherington co-hosted a meeting to discuss the implementation of the recommendations of Sir Stuart Etherington’s Review of Charity Fundraising Self-Regulation. The meeting was attended by key stakeholders in the sector including the Charity Commission, current regulators and representatives from charities.

  • The government’s new civil society strategy has delivered a range of positive announcements, but implementation will be key, said the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities and volunteering.

  • Fines levied frim the banks from the rigged forex rates are likely to total £1.1bn. NCVO would urge the government to ring-fence the forex fines for support for local community groups.

  • A free service which signposts charities to funding and finance opportunities has had its contract extended for a further 18 months.

  • Government must seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve funding for education, training and employment support for the most vulnerable groups in society when the UK leaves the EU, a cross-sector working group has said.

    The group convened by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) today published proposals for a successor to the European Social Fund (ESF) that it said would help boost productivity and create a fairer and more inclusive society.

  • Commenting on the PAC report on Kids Company, Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

    This report will make extremely frustrating reading for the thousands of charities who have to submit highly detailed plans in order to have a hope of funding, and who work very hard to produce honest and accurate assessments of the difference they make.

  • New recommendations would mean charities would not call members of the public without clear permission.

    Plus donors will always have a way to opt out of phone calls and letters under proposals published today.

    New proposals published today would put donors in control of their relationships with charities.

  • Big Lottery Fund is in advanced talks to match over £260 million of Lottery funding with money from Europe in a move that will open up new funding opportunities for the sector, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, Dawn Austwick, told delegates today at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ conference, Evolve.

  • Commenting on the announcement that the Charity Commission will be consulting on implementing new fees for charities, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    An effective regulator is a crucial part of the foundation for a strong charity sector. I'm pleased that the Treasury has allocated additional funding for the Commission to carry out its important regulatory work.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations today announced the launch of a major review into the future of the voluntary sector’s finances.

  • Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, said:

    NCVO’s board believe the fundraising self-regulation review is an important step forward for the sector and are keen to see its recommendations put into practice. To that end, we have asked NCVO staff to provide secretariat support to the fundraising preference service working group.

  • Charities can expect to see little rise in income from donations or government, with earned income the best prospect for future growth, the charity sector’s representative body said today.

    Authoritative new data on the charity sector’s finances published today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows that income from government is at best flat-lining for most of the sector, while the charity representative body forecasts a challenging public fundraising environment as a consequence of broader economic conditions.

  • NCVO has welcomed today’s release of the Government’s supplementary guidance for Local Enterprise Partnerships, the 39 local bodies which will determine how key European funds are spent in England in the next European funding round, which runs from 2014-2020 (1).

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