NCVO has set out its vision for reform and renewal in Europe through its manifesto, Towards a More Open Europe. It sets out major areas for the EU elections including: renewal of funding priorities, smarter more flexible regulation and reform of EU institutions. Following extensive engagement with members and partners through the European Funding Network, NCVO set out the range of practical recommendations that would allow for a more open and accountable European Union.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report today on the Department for International Development’s Bilateral Support to Growth and Livelihoods in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is one of the most difficult places to deliver aid and DFID’s staff work hard under demanding conditions. Although the projects that we reviewed were, on the whole, well delivered, we found mixed results.The more ambitious and multi-faceted projects were less successful than those with more limited scope.
A fundamental shift is urgently needed in the delivery of health and care to meet the challenges of a rapidly ageing society, say the authors of a new report from The King’s Fund. The report, Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population, argues that health and care services have failed to keep up with dramatic demographic changes, which will see one in five people in England over the age of 65 by 2030.
Ten health and wellbeing charities from across the UK have been named as this year’s winners of a GSK IMPACT Award - seen as a mark of achievement in the health care charity sector. The winning organisations were selected from more than four hundred charities who applied to be part of GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme, which is run in partnership with The King’s Fund. Each winning charity receives £30,000 of unrestricted funding, access to a unique training programme, and can join the GSK IMPACT Award Network, which is a professional development group.
Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s dementia research charity, has announced its highest annual income in its 21-year history, and for the first time donations have passed the £11m landmark. The landmark figure has been released in the charity’s Annual Review. The national charity, which is based in Great Abington, relies on public donations and has increased its income in the past 12 months by 21% to £11,037,304. As one of the UK’s top 10 medical research charities, and the Charity Times’ Awards Charity of the Year, Alzheimer’s Research UK funds science from unique pilot studies to major project grants.
The quality of life of the18,000 disabled people currently enjoy will be eroded by today’s announcement that the Independent Living Fund will be axed in June 2015, warns Unite, the country’s largest union. Unite described the government’s decision as ‘catastrophic’ and said it had no confidence that local government, already suffering swingeing funding cuts, could provide the same standard of care to the disabled as the ILF presently allows. Unite feared that ‘a postcode lottery’ would be created and hit out at the government’s sidestepping a judicial review in November which ruled in favour of preventing the closure of the ILF.
New research has revealed that a third of the public say their views towards charities have become more positive in the last three years, compared with a quarter who are now more negative. This is despite recent high profile negative press coverage about the charity sector. However, the authors of a briefing paper on the research, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), have warned charities not to be complacent and to find ways to address concerns held by the public.
British people need to be more vocal about charity and are too cynical about giving, say some of the UK's most generous people, according to new research released today. Nearly two thirds (61%) of those questioned in the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) poll of some of their most generous customers believe the wealthy need to talk about their giving more and nearly half (49%) think society is too cynical about those who give. The donors also feel that the wealthy should give away at least 10% of their wealth in their lifetime and just under half (47%) also called for a UK version of the Giving Pledge.
Claims management companies have pocketed up to five billion pounds of UK consumers’ compensation for mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance – according to new analysis from the Citizens Advice service. Citizens Advice Scotland and Citizens Advice (England & Wales) published new research today showing how banks’ slow reaction to the mis-selling of PPI created a chance for claims firms to swoop in and take an estimated £5 billion of consumers’ compensation. The new evidences highlights how some consumers are experiencing a range of poor practices by claims management companies including a lack of transparency around fees and problems cancelling agreements.
Virgin Money Giving, the not-for-profit online donation service from Virgin Money, has announced its annual results for 2013 and confirmed that following a 27% growth in the number of charities registered to use the service, it is now supporting over 8,300 UK charity partners. Donations to charities in 2013 made through Virgin Money Giving grew by over 11% year-on-year to over £80.5 million (including Gift Aid). This was achieved despite continuing pressure on overall levels of giving in the UK, illustrating the increasing popularity of Virgin Money Giving and online giving in general.
Three-quarters (75%) of the public believe big money has too much influence on political parties, according to new research by the Electoral Reform Society. The ERS’s research shows strong public support for reforming party funding. The survey of 1,402 respondents, conducted between 24 and 27 February by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, also found that: 65% believe party donors can effectively buy knighthoods and other honours, and..
A ground-breaking report on the future of work, published today, highlights the dramatic changes the UK’s workers can expect to see in the next two decades.The Future of Work, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), analyses the trends and disruptions shaping the UK’s labour market. It finds that multi-generational working – so called four-generation or “4G” workplaces – will become increasingly common as people delay retiring until their 70s or even 80s.
The Ethical Property Foundation, with help from the Charity Commission, has launched two new sections to its online Property Advice Service, covering Disposal of Property and Good Practice. The Foundation helps charities save time, money and worry by making the most of their properties, so they can focus on their frontline work. Its online property resources offer jargon-free advice covering buying, renting, leasing and managing property, and are free to use for registered charities. The new Disposal of Property section is designed to help charities who may be planning the sale of a property’s freehold, or assigning or granting a lease, quickly find the information they need ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Trustees came under the spotlight last year because of their reluctance to defend
the salaries of their chief executives. The sector has since offered trustees opportunities to learn from the experience. It is an opportunity they must take, argues Andrew Holt
Tris Lumley takes the reader on an in-depth journey analysing impact
leadership, arguing that impact starts with leadership
Andrew Holt searches through the maze that is the Big Society for meaning
Contrasting sector evidence suggests the fundraising environment is tougher than it has ever been while other data suggests it is indeed tough but equally ripe with opportunity. Hugh Wilson unravels the debate
Impact measurement is the current sector zeitgeist. Hugh Wilson finds charities embracing it to keep funders happy and arguments over the measurement of data, but ultimately, the benefits of good impact measurement are significant and the idea is here to stay
What is the role of charities? Are they unique? Or do charities increasingly ape what other organisations can do just as well? Hugh Wilson investigates
With morale in the sector at its lowest ebb, Duncan Jefferies asks what makes an effective leader and how charities can attract and develop the best management talent in the current environment