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Boycott or Ignore 'Immigration Street'

NAVCA is supporting Southampton Voluntary Services call to boycott or ignore tonight's scheduled C4 Immigration Street programme....

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Helping the NHS winter pressures

The ability of charities and community groups to reduce pressures on health systems, such as A&E, and to improve health outcomes is gaining greater recognition. NAVCA members can be key to this work by connecting local health bodies to the local organisations that can help. NAVCA has published a short document demonstrating the important role NAVCA members play....

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Further investment in the future of infrastructure

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Big Lottery Fund have announced further plans to support infrastructure organisations under the Big Assist programme. The announcement comes shortly after the publication of a report from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, set up by NAVCA....

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MPs support NAVCA’s view on Community Rights

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee has published its report into Community Rights, following their inquiry. The Committee calls on the Government to strengthen its Community Rights and give people a greater say in what happens to the buildings, services and land in their area. They want the Government to provide more opportunities for people to preserve local pubs and other assets, build community housing, shape local services and bring public land back into use....

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New report on local infrastructure says creative resourcing is needed to me

The Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure will publish its final report today at a Parliamentary launch hosted by Nick Hurd MP (4pm 20 January 2015). The Commission is making 19 recommendations, as well as an overarching recommendation that local infrastructure needs to be redesigned and creatively resourced to meet future challenges....

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Local charities must be part of winter pressure solutions

As the problems at A & E units across the country dominate the headlines, NAVCA is reminding politicians and NHS chiefs that voluntary groups can ease winter pressures. They can do this in two ways: reducing the numbers of people going to A & E by helping them manage long-term conditions more effectively; and shortening people’s stay in hospital. The NHS is already working with NAVCA members achieve results in some places, but more must be done to invest in prevention and support....

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NAVCA supports MPs call for better commissioning

NAVCA has welcomed the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on transforming contract management. The report contains the findings of the Committee's inquiry into government contracting of £90 billion of public services. The report says that the government is over-reliant on a small number of contractors, is failing to monitor contracts to get value for money and that the ethical standards of the large contractors have been found wanting....

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NAVCA says Social Value Act needs strengthening

NAVCA has responded to the Government's Social Value Act review. NAVCA say that although the Act has the potential to be a powerful tool to improve commissioning practice it is being ignored by too many contracting authorities. NAVCA propose a three point plan to make social value more relevant and the Act make a real difference for charities and voluntary organisations....

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Autumn Statement 2014

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement today, the last one before next May's General Election. Commenting on the announcements Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said;...

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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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