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New NAVCA EU procurement rules briefing

NAVCA News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:50

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.

NAVCA’s briefing written by Commissioning expert Rachel Rhodes summarises the changes most relevant to the voluntary sector and what to expect.

Download the Update on the changes to the EU Procurement Directives

Parliament debates the voluntary sector

Sector News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:45

The House of Lords recently had a debate on the motion “that this House takes note of the role played by the voluntary and charitable sectors“. NCVO’s Five Minutes in Parliament round up gives some of the topics discussed, http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/07/07/five-minutes-in-parliament-5/, and suggests that the full debate is well worth a read – find it on Parliament website.

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Examining the value of volunteering

Sector News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:42

A new NCVO discussion article asks “is volunteering really worth £100bn to the UK?”. This figure mainly consists of the “output” of regular formal volunteers at over twenty billion pounds, as judged by office of National Statistics recently, and seventy billion for the wellbeing value to frequent formal volunteers themselves.

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Social value leads to better service delivery

Sector News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:41

More than two-thirds of local authorities and housing associations say delivering social value has led to better service delivery and community relations, according to a report from Social Enterprise UK. ‘Communities Count: the Four Steps to Unlocking Social Value’ was based on interviews with 77 senior leaders in local authorities and 123 in housing associations.

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Scottish sector leading in care home provision

Sector News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:39

Statistics issued recently by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland show that the voluntary sector is leading the field when it comes to quality of care home provision – Third Force news report.

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An opportunity for Scotland’s community sector to find its voice

Sector News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:38

The financial crisis, public services reform and the independence debate all give reasons for the Scottish community sector to come out of the shadows. New Start magazine article.

State of the Sector 2014

Sector News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:37

Sector consultants nfpSynergy carried out the biannual survey of charity sector professionals for Third Sector magazine earlier this year. There were over 600 respondents giving their views on developments and conditions in the sector.

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