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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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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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NAVCA response to Big Lottery Consultation

NAVCA has responded to the Cabinet Office's triennial review of the Big Lottery Fund. The Triennial Review of the Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) is being conducted as part of the requirement for all Government Departments to review their Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) at least once every three years....

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Lords make amendments to the Lobbying Bill

Amendments to the Lobbying Bill (Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill) were made by the House of Lords yesterday (15 January). As well as passing the concessions announced by the Government last week, Lords voted to pass an amendment that will limit the range of controlled activities that staff costs will apply to....

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Government makes Lobbying Bill concessions

The Government has announced amendments it will table to the Lobbying Bill prior to the report stage of the Bill in the House of Lords, which takes place next week. The amendments represent a victory for smaller charities and community groups and are changes that NAVCA has been pressing for. However, even with these amendments NAVCA believes that the Bill is still an attack on the freedom of charities to campaign and further changes are needed....

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New Year’s Honour for Chris Frost

NAVCA has welcomed the news that Chris Frost has been posthumously awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Chris Frost was the chief executive and founder of Merton’s Voluntary Service Council. Chris Frost had received the confidential letter informing her of the honour shortly before her death in early November....

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NAVCA responds to census consultation

NAVCA has responded to the Government's consultation on the census. Although it may be an issue that does not immediately jump out as one to concern NAVCA and our members, the voluntary sector makes significant uses of the data gained from the census for a number of purposes. ...

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Charities to benefit from small business plans

The Government launched Small Business: GREAT Ambition on Saturday 7 December, a document that sets out an action plan to support small businesses. Although aimed at small businesses, it addresses areas, particularly public procurement, where small charities and social enterprises face similar barriers to businesses....

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Autumn Statement response

Chancellor George Osborne today delivered his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons. In response to the Autumn Statement Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA said, “Despite the Chancellor’s optimism, for smaller charities and voluntary groups in most parts of the country it doesn’t feel like we are in recovery."...

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National Audit Office criticises Charity Commission

The national Audit office has published a critical report that says the Charity Commission is not regulating charities effectively. The NAO finds that there is a gap between what the public expects of the Commission and what it actually does. It also says that the Commission does not do enough to identify and tackle abuse of charitable status....

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NAVCA survey suggests increased stability

NAVCA has published the findings of their sixth quarterly tracker survey, which was undertaken in October. The findings indicate that NAVCA members are experiencing a greater level of stability than in previous surveys, although overall members feel prospects are more likely to worsen for both themselves and local charities and community groups rather than improve....

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Local business giving

New research published today (12 November 2013) says that local businesses make a limited but important contribution towards supporting voluntary and community organisations. Local Business Giving: between the raffle prize and a new source of funding, by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, is notable because there is little published research on local businesses support for the voluntary sector. This is in contrast to the considerable attention given to the role of large businesses in supporting charities....

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