Charity groups unite to produce briefing for next government

Written by Matt Ritchie

Infrastructure bodies have joined forces to put forward a vision of how the next government can partner with the voluntary sector.

A joint-briefing for the major political parties has been agreed by Charity Finance Group, Acevo, Navca, the Association of Charitable Foundations, Institute of Fundraising, Locality, the Ethical Property Foundation, Children England, and the Small Charities Coalition.

The briefing calls for a reduced tax burden on charities and CICs, investment in community assets, and a review of the Social Value Act.

The document calls on all political parties to commit to working and engaging with civil society, and sets out how the government and the sector can work together to establish a thriving economy, grow cohesive communities, and deliver effective public services.

CFG chief executive Caron Bradshaw said she is delighted the infrastructure bodies had come together to deliver the briefing.

“We know that our vibrant and diverse sector is key to driving economic growth and bringing together an increasingly fractured society. This election offers us the opportunity to reinvigorate our dialogue with the major political parties and put forward a positive vision for working with the new government.”

Navca chief executive noted that the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities had called for infrastructure bodies to work more closely, and the association supports this.

“I am delighted we’ve agreed three asks that any incoming government will be able to implement," Cleeveley said "They are relatively modest but will result in a great deal of good for the voluntary sector.”

ACF chief executive Carol Mack said the country faces big decisions about its future regardless of who forms the next Government.

“Civil society has a vital part to play in shaping that future and we look forward to working with government to maximise civil society’s contribution and voice at this critical time,” she said.

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