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NAVCA publish response to local sustainability fund consultation

NAVCA has published its response to the Local Sustainability Fund consultation. The consultation seeks views on the design and delivery of a proposed new fund, worth up to £40m, aimed at supporting medium sized charities who are struggling to maintain vital local services....

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NAVCA announces change at the top

Neil Cleeveley has been appointed acting chief executive of NAVCA following the announcement that Joe Irvin is leaving NAVCA to take up the post of chief executive at Living Streets, the national charity that campaigns on behalf of pedestrians. Neil Cleeveley was deputy chief executive of NAVCA and will take up his new role on Monday 21 July....

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New NAVCA EU procurement rules briefing

NAVCA has published a new briefing that provides an update on the changes to the EU Procurement Directives. The new Directives came into force in April 2014, but EU member states now have up to two years to implement them into national legislation. The UK Government has made it clear that it intends to implement them in the shortest time-frame possible and formal consultation is expected later this month....

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Labour plan smaller government contracts

NAVCA has welcomed an announcement from Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions minister, that a future Labour Government would create smaller contracts. The announcement came in an interview with the financial Times on Tuesday 24 June....

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NAVCA responds to MPs’ attack on Oxfam

NAVCA is giving public support to Oxfam following the attack from MPs for their campaign against poverty in the UK. A Conservative MP has attempted to silence Oxfam by asking the Charity Commission to investigate whether the campaign breaches the organisation's charitable status. NAVCA believes that charities' right to campaign is a fundamental and healthy part of our democracy....

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NAVCA responds to the Queen’s Speech

The Government has announced its legislative programme for the coming year in the Queen's speech. The speech contained eleven new proposed bills that will go before parliament in the coming year, in the run up to the General Election. A draft Protection of Charities Bill was announced as part of this programme. The bill is designed to give the Charity Commission tougher powers to prevent the abuse of charities and would equip them to tackle abuse more effectively and efficiently....

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NAVCA’s quarterly survey suggests tough times continuing

Tough times are set to stay according to NAVCA's latest quarterly members' survey, the 8th in the series. The survey shows that NAVCA members, local infrastructure charities, remain concerned about the financial prospects of local voluntary groups over the coming 12 months. The survey also indicates that NAVCA members' relationships with local authorities are coming under strain. The survey uses a representative sample panel of NAVCA members to track trends in local voluntary action. The latest survey took place in April. Surveys have been run every three months since July 2012. ...

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NAVCA welcomes Sherlock investigation

NAVCA has welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party of a review of the Lobbying Act. The review will be led by Baroness Sherlock, a former charity chief executive. The Labour Party is committed to repealing the act....

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Zero support for exploitative zero hours from NAVCA

The Office of National Statistics published new figures suggesting that the number of people on zero-hour contracts is higher than previously thought - and could be close to 1.4m. NAVCA has re-iterated their opposition to the use of exploitative zero hour contracts and has set out a number of tests as to whether such contracts are exploitative. NAVCA's Trustee Board confirmed this position at their Trustee Board meeting last week. A decision it is hoped will discourage charities from using these contracts and highlights the harm that they do. ...

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NAVCA joins the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign

NAVCA's trustee board have confirmed their opposition to compulsion in volunteering and signed up to the 'Keep Volunteering Voluntary' campaign. They are committed to the principle that people who volunteer give their time freely and without coercion....

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NAVCA publishes Health case studies report

NAVCA has published a new report containing case studies to accompany the three research briefings published last month that explore local charities and voluntary organisations attitudes and experiences of local health organisations. ...

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Evolve 2014

NAVCA is leading an afternoon workshop at Evolve 2014 on the prospects for local infrastructure. This workshop will look at some of the latest thinking on how local infrastructure support is rising to the challenge. NAVCA will present the latest findings from our analysis of TLI....

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New Commission to look at ways to support voluntary and community action

NAVCA has launched an independent Commission to look at the future of local infrastructure. This evidence-based inquiry will examine existing local voluntary and community infrastructure and the challenges it faces. Chaired by Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, it will meet for the first time on Monday 31 March with a remit to come up with practical ways to secure high quality support for local voluntary and community action throughout England....

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ACEVO and NAVCA join forces to provide consortia support

ACEVO and NAVCA have launched a comprehensive package of support for local charities and voluntary organisations looking to build consortia to deliver services. By working together, charities will be able to benefit from NAVCA's knowledge of commissioning and the local voluntary sector and ACEVO's experience of supporting successful consortia. The work has been made possible through an Office for Civil Society grant and was recently highlighted in the OCS progress update on "making it easier for civil society to work with the state"....

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NAVCA publishes health survey findings

NAVCA has published three research briefings that explore local charities and voluntary organisations attitudes and experiences of local health organisations. The three reports explore the extent to which they feel able to influence Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and the nature of their relationship with local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local Healthwatch. The reports draw on the findings of a NAVCA survey of its members and the wider voluntary and community sector. The survey received 122 responses, from organisations working with a range of beneficiaries, incomes and geographical areas....

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NAVCA Budget Response

In response to George Osborne's budget Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said, "Rather than new pound coins, the bigger issue is the lack of current pound coins in people's pockets - cuts are hurting communities. And local voluntary organisations are picking up the pieces, helping communities to keep local services like libraries and youth clubs running and providing food banks. In this sense the Big Society is being delivered by stealth."...

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Government publish progress update on work with charities

The Government has published a progress update on work 'making it easier for civil society to work with the state'. The report covers action the Office for Civil Society is taking to support the growth and success of charities, community groups and social enterprises....

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NAVCA response to Healthwatch strategy consultation

NAVCA has responded to Healthwatch England's strategic direction consultation. NAVCA's response emphasises the role that local charities and community groups can play in supporting Healthwatch England and that existing local infrastructure charities can help the Healthwatch network to develop the potential of the network....

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Joeatpasc

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, yesterday called for the Social Value Act to apply to all public sector procurement processes not just those above the European threshold. He was giving evidence on public service reform to the Public Administration Select Committee at an evidence session held in Sheffield. Joe Irvin provided evidence about ways to involve smaller charities in service delivery and the role social value can play....

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NAVCA’s quarterly survey suggests the recovery isn’t here yet

Local voluntary action is yet to feel any benefit from the recent growth in the economy according to NAVCA's latest quarterly members' survey, the 7th in the series. The survey shows that NAVCA members, local infrastructure charities, remain firmly pessimistic about their own financial prospects and those of their local sector over the coming 12 months. The survey uses a representative sample panel of NAVCA members to track trends in local voluntary action. The latest survey took place in January. Surveys have been run every three months since July 2012....

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new powers for Charity Commission

NAVCA has responded to the Office for Civil Societies consultation on extending the Charity Commission's powers to tackle abuse in charities. NAVCA welcomes the new powers as they acknowledge they will fill gaps that currently exist in the commission's powers. However, NAVCA believes that charities need a strong but supportive regulator and therefore call for a review in a few years' time. This review would look at the Charity Commission's powers and ensure any new powers are being used proportionately and effectively....

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Government backs down on key Judicial Review proposal

The Ministry of Justice has published the Government's response to the "Judicial review: proposals for further reform" consultation, which ran from September to November last year. The Government were consulting on changes to Judicial Review, including introducing a test for "standing", limiting entitlement to bring a judicial review to those with a direct interest in the case. This would have removed the ability of charities and campaigning groups to bring claims on behalf of individuals. This proposal has been dropped....

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MPs publish reports on Charity Commission and Gift Aid

The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has published a critical report on the Charity Commission. The cross party committee found that the Charity Commission failed to challenge charities about their activities and had no "coherent strategy". The Committee Chair, Margaret Hodge MP says that the Charity Commission is not "fit for purpose" as it has persistently failed to tackle abuses of charitable status properly....

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The Social Value Act one year on

The Social Value Act was rolled out one year ago. Since then public bodies have had to consider how they might improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of their areas through commissioning and procurement. So has this legislation had any significant effect?...

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NAVCA welcomes new Director of Development

NAVCA is delighted to announce the appointment of Cat Barton as NAVCA‘s new Director of Development. Cat has worked in a number of business development roles in the last 16 years and has vast experience of supporting organisations to develop new ways of working and preparing and winning tenders. Cat has worked in both the private and voluntary sectors, including working for igen, a not-for profit company delivering training and careers advice to young adults. For the last three years Cat has worked as an Independent Business Development Consultant. Cat started in the role at NAVCA on 20 January....

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