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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.

Big Society Capital publishes three year strategy

Big Society Capital has pledged to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized charities and other social sector organisations as part of its three-year strategy.

Payment by Results and the voluntary sector

NCVO has published a report suggesting that Payment by Results, the government mechanism to boost innovation in public services could be preventing rather than promoting new ways of working.

Inquiry into senior executive pay

NCVO has published the report of its inquiry into senior executive pay, which they established in 2013.

Results of Taking Part survey 2013/14

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the statistical results of the Taking Part survey 2013/14, which includes estimates of volunteering, charitable giving and civic engagement.

Treasury response to gift aid and digital giving consultation

The government has rejected calls to introduce a central database of gift aid declarations, which many in the sector believe would simplify the system and increase take-up of the tax-free giving scheme.

Wishgenie fundraising platform

NCVO, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has partnered with the fundraising platform Wishgenie with the aim of helping charities increase their fundraising, volunteering and community engagement through social media.

National Minimum Wage increase to £6.50

The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour from October this year, with more than a million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.

News from 2014 budget statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced his 2014 budget on Wednesday 19 March, including several items of interest to the voluntary and community sector.

£10million Big Potential Fund

The £10million Big Potential Fund, a Big Lottery grant fund, to help charities and social enterprises get ready to access social investment has been launched and will accept applications from Monday 10 March onward.

£20million Community Investment Fund

The £20m Community Investment Fund, which will make loans of up to £1million, to community organisations has been launched by Social and Sustainable Capital.


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