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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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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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