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The Coalition government has stepped up its process of decentralisation and devolution of power to local authorities and their communities. Local authorities will have the liberty to make decisions about allocation of resources free from central government guidelines. An increasing role for the VCS to deliver public services is expected. VCS organisations are expected to have a key role to play in identifying needs as well as delivering services. This page deals with policies that have an impact on funding, commissioning and procurement for the VCS.

£60million investment readiness fund

A new £60million grant fund to support charities to get ready for social investment has been launched by the Office for Civil Society using money repaid from the Futurebuilders loan fund.

Review of sector finances

A review of charity sector finances has been jointly launched by the NCVO and a coalition of sector bodies including the Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and the Small Charities Coalition.

Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations

Charities will no longer be able to automatically include a donation as part of a purchase when consumers buy from them online, according to new regulations which will take affect from Friday 13 June.

FRSB Complaints Report 2014

Charities reported 48,432 complaints to the Fundraising Standards Board in 2013, a 44 percent increase on the previous year.

Funding the East Midlands – updated guide

The East Midlands Funding Forum has published an updated edition of “Funding the East Midlands – A guide to finding funding, investment and support for the VCS and Social Enterprises”.

Updates to Big Assist programme

Big Assist, the programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, was updated in May 2014.

Review of Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

NCVO, the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Finance Group have launched a review of the effectiveness of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, including a survey of voluntary organisations, open until Friday 27 June.

Charity sector workforce grows by 35,000

The number of people employed in the voluntary sector rose by 35,000 in accounts and annual returns filed in the year to March 2014 with the Charity Commission.

Acevo launches ethical investment commission

Chief executives' body Acevo has launched a commission to advise charities and social enterprises on ethical and responsible investment.

The Road to Growth

Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 - 11:30 to 16:00

Charity Bank in partnership with One East Midlands is running this free half-day seminar to help organisations prepare for investment and growth.


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