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New Chief Executive at NAVCA

NAVCA is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Cleeveley as its new Chief Executive. Neil, who will formally take up the post on 1 December, has been at NAVCA since November 2003 when he joined as Director of Policy. He has led NAVCA's public policy activity for over 10 years, during which time he has made a significant contribution its reputation as the authentic voice of local voluntary and community action....

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NAVCA gives evidence to Localism inquiry

Barney Mynott, Head of Public Affairs at NAVCA, gave evidence to the CLG Select Committee as part of their inquiry into Community Rights. He told the committee that people and services were assets as well as buildings and suggested ways to improve the rights, including having a protected period for voluntary sector organisations following a successful use of the Right to Challenge. The evidence session was notably as it was the first ever House of Commons select committee session held in a pub, being held in the Ivy House in Nunhead, the countryâ??s first co-operatively owned pub....

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Charity coalition launches biggest annual survey of charities and voluntary

A coalition of charities has launched the biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations of the year. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJP8KWK The survey aims to find out more about the help charities need. The findings will also be used to lobby key decision makers and funders about the support charities and voluntary organisations need. The survey runs from now until 31 December 2014....

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NAVCA welcomes recognition of charities in NHS Five Year Plan

NAVCA has welcomed the NHS five year plan, launched yesterday by Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England. The NHS five year forward view has a welcome recognition of the value of the voluntary sector in delivering community based services that improve health....

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NAVCA welcomes Charity Commission reporting u-turn

NAVCA welcomes the announcement by the Charity Commission that they are significantly altering its plans for the annual return. In particular NAVCA is pleased to see that the proposal to ask small charities to provide detailed financial information has been dropped. This would have added significant burdens to hard-pressed charities....

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Dawn Austwick tells NAVCA conference ‘grants are powerful’

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, told delegates at NAVCA’s Chief Officers’ Residential Event (CORE) that grants are an important source of funding for the voluntary sector and can unleash a powerful force. Dawn was addressing NAVCA’s annual CORE, being held on 15 and 16 October at the Park Inn Hotel inManchester....

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NAVCA publish results of their annual chief officers’ survey

NAVCA has published the findings of their 2014 survey of Chief Officers, an annual survey carried out to determine the views of NAVCA members on current policy issues. Forty per cent of members completed the survey. The survey findings were presented at NAVCA Annual Chief Officers’ conference (CORE), which is taking place in Manchester today and tomorrow (15-16 October)....

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Get ready for flu

As the national campaign is launched to get over 65s and children and adults with weakened immune systems to get flu vaccines, NAVCA has published a short briefing showing how our members can help the fight against flu....

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Social Value Act review announced

The Government has announced a review of the Social Value Act. The review will help to determine if the act should be widened to cover contracts for goods and works as well as services and how this can be done in a way that continues to support SMEs and charities and voluntary organisations to bid for public contracts. The review will consider evidence from a range of sources over the coming months and look to report back in early 2015....

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Consultation on new UK Procurement Regulations published

On Friday, The Cabinet Office finally published the consultation on transposing the new EU Procurement Directives into UK law. Also included are proposals for implementing Lord Young's recommendations from the review of SME procurement....

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NAVCA responds to Labour Party consultation

NAVCA has responded to the Labour Party policy consultation, Renewing our Bond with the Third Sector. The consultation will inform Labour's policies for the voluntary sector at the next election....

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Report says TLI has made lasting change

Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) created significant lasting change according to a new report published today by NAVCA. Analysis of Transforming Local Infrastructure highlights the ways that TLI made a difference. It has a strong focus on ideas and actions that other infrastructure organisations can borrow or learn from. The report highlights the many successes but does not shy away from looking at what learning can be gained from ideas or execution that didn't work so well....

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NAVCA’s quarterly survey hints at possible up-turn

The findings from NAVCA's latest quarterly survey of members suggests that whilst the outlook may not be improving for many it has at least stabilised. The survey, the 9th in the series, illustrates that NAVCA members are less pessimistic about their prospects, with a sharp increase in those looking to extend their range of services. ...

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NAVCA says Charity Commission plans for changing annual returns will harm s

NAVCA believes that the Charity Commission's proposals for the 2015 Annual Return need a major rethink and should not proceed in their current form. ...

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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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