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NAVCA signs joint letter to Chancellor

NAVCA has joined forces with eight other national charities to write to the Chancellor ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. The letter highlights key issues charities face....

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Queen’s Birthday Honour for NAVCA Chair

Caroline Schwaller, NAVCA’s Chair, has been awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list for services to the community....

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NAVCA members pessimistic and optimistic

NAVCA’s latest quarterly survey shows a record level of pessimism about the financial prospects for local charities and community groups. The survey found 95 per cent of respondents thought that the finances of local voluntary organisations would get worse over the coming year. The survey is a regular survey that uses a representative sample panel of NAVCA members to track trends in local voluntary action. The latest survey took place in April 2015 and has been run every three months since July 2012....

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Queen’s Speech sets out Government plans

The Queen’s Speech, setting out the Government’s agenda for the coming parliament, contains 26 Bills including the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. This is the first by a Conservative only Government since 1996 and comes just weeks after they secured a majority in the election....

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Rob Wilson remains Charities Minister

Neil Cleeveley, NAVCA’s Chief Executive, has responded to the news that Rob Wilson will remain as Charities Minister in the new Conservative Government....

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Findings from largest voluntary sector survey published

NAVCA has published the findings of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Survey, the largest charity survey of 2014. The findings show that local health bodies need to do more to engage with charities. The survey was conducted by NAVCA and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership, involving more than 50 charities spanning the breadth and depth of the voluntary sector....

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NAVCA Budget 2015 Response

George Osborne delivered the Budget on 18 March, the last budget before the General Election. Commenting on the Budget, Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said......

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NAVCA members give warning over finances of local voluntary organisations

With less than 2 months to go to the General Election, NAVCA's latest quarterly survey provides a stark warning about the prospects for local voluntary action. NAVCA members are more pessimistic about the financial prospects of local groups than they have been for two years. In the survey 81% of respondents said they thought the financial position of their local voluntary sector would get worse over the coming year....

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NAVCA signs budget letter

NAVCA has joined forces with the Charity Finance Group, NCVO, Institute of Fundraising, the Association of Charitable Foundations and the Small Charities Coalition to urge the government to use the Budget to improve the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme (GASDS) and extend a VAT rebate scheme which would save the charity sector up to £1.5bn per year....

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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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