The Health and Safety Executive’s guidance for those providing and managing care homes has been extensively rewritten, with a number of new topics, and brings together key messages on risks to both workers and residents.
The Labour Party has launched a consultation to review and strengthen the relationship between Labour and the third sector, and to understand sector priorities. It covers seven key issues: volunteering, people in the voluntary sector, supporting charities to grow, charities and procurement, the Big Lottery Fund, charity campaigns, and the Charity Commission.
To mark the 50th anniversary of credit unions in Britain, the government has launched a Call for Evidence on the future of the sector. It wants views from wider society too, and is particularly keen to hear innovative ideas on credit unions providing responsible financial services to even more people in their communities.
An article on accountancy body ICAEW’s charity forum reports that the Charities section of HM Revenue and Customs has set up a dedicated Outreach Team to offer help and support to charities to enable them to get things right first time.
Alongside its 2014 update on ‘Growing the social investment market’, the government has announced an investment fund to help more social ventures benefit from social finance. It is for social ventures who have high potential but struggle to access finance, and who could benefit from business capacity building support in preparing for bidding for social investment.
Scotland’s umbrella body SCVO has criticised the Scottish Government for dragging its heels over European funding plans. The European Structural Funds and European Rural Development Funding programmes were due to cover 2014 to 2020 but are unlikely to open before the end of the year.
The Welsh Government is to set out proposals for reform of local government before the summer recess. Announcing this at a recent conference, the local government minister said “I want us to work together to put in place a new relationship between Local Authorities, communities and individuals”.
The Charities Aid Foundation has launched a platform that will help remove the administrative burden for small and medium charities of processing donations, on and offline, and make it easy to accept regular, or one-off, donations by Direct Debit.
The Living Wage Commission published its final report on Tuesday (24th June).
Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, was a member of the commission and said “Wherever possible, I would encourage charities to consider becoming living wage employers. One of the drivers of low pay in the voluntary sector is the terms and fees for public service contracts. NCVO has called for contracts that enable providers to pay their staff the living wage”. From NCVO news release.
Ten years on from the launch of the ChangeUp framework for voluntary sector capacity building and infrastructure, a discussion article from Third Sector Research Centre asks what it achieved. Less than hoped, but why? The author, Dr Rob Macmillan, invites you to share experiences and reflections about ChangeUp http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/news/2014/blog-changeup10.aspx.
The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee is to examine four rights introduced in the Localism Act – the community right to challenge, the community right to bid, the community right to build and the community right to reclaim land. It is seeking evidence from community groups and will accept written evidence until 4th September.
From New Philanthropy Capital, the paper ‘How to spend a penny’ shares ten lessons the Stone Family Foundation has learned from funding in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/how-to-spend-a-penny/.
Two thirds of senior business leaders volunteer at charities to improve their business skills, according a new report produced by Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent for Pilotlight.
‘Philanthropic Journeys: new insights into the triggers and barriers for long-term giving and volunteering’ is based on a survey of 227 business leaders and philanthropists from England and Scotland, and in-depth interviews with ten of the people polled.
An opinion piece on Campaign Central suggests that, following the wide alliance created to fight the government’s new lobbying laws, “Perhaps a similar alliance could create a campaigning magazine for everyone who wants a say in the (2015) election but isn’t part of a political party?”