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Category - Third Sector

The ‘big society’ audited

The recently published ‘big society audit’ is the first major independent attempt to measure how far, in practice, a genuine transfer of power from government to civil society has taken place in the two years since the...

Power to the people

Financial services bills do not normally arouse great interest within the third sector of charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations – but in 2012 a brief few days of hope in the bill committee has ended...

Third sector’s new centre-ground

Bill Clinton recently wrote a piece in the Financial Times entitled ‘Charity needs capitalism to solve the world’s problems’; do I dimly remember Marx saying something similar about how socialism needed capitalism in...

Building responsible capitalism

While Ed Miliband’s new year message does not specifically mention aspirations for the third sector, two priorities stand out: the call for Labour to ‘become a genuine community force’, and ‘an economy which works for...

Urgent planning required

Nobody is seriously contemplating a future for public services which does not involve the third sector in an ever more prominent role. The ability of charities to deliver local, personal and cost effective services is...

Doing more on employee volunteering

The chief executive of a charity which organises business mentors to work with struggling charities and social enterprises felt let down when he read the sting in the tail of the Social Action Fund application form. By...

Ed’s onto something

The question about the role of business in society that Ed Miliband raised in his Labour conference speech is not as simple as whether a particular company is ‘good’ or ‘bad’; rather it is about...

Back the White bill

Guidance from CLG that councils should not pass on ‘disproportionate cuts’ to the voluntary sector comes six months, almost to the day, since Eric Pickles promised it to the NCVO annual conference. Back in March the...

The nature of the cuts

The nature of the cuts, as much as the size, is the issue. NCVO reports that there have been nearly a billion pounds of cuts from the voluntary and community sector so far (see here and here) and that funding removed...

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