Civil Society

Voluntary sector and trade unions: the need for common cause has never been greater

Voluntary sector organisations and trade unions have much in common. They seek social justice for their beneficiaries, they rely heavily on volunteers to help organise and support beneficiaries; and they rely on non-paid bodies to oversee their strategic direction and governance. Both types of organisation are also heavily regulated; and scrutinised by a sceptical, often… Continue reading Voluntary sector and trade unions: the need for common cause has never been greater

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Civil Society, Politics

I doubt many VCSE organisations want a hard Brexit

So it looks like a hard Brexit is still the government’s goal, or failing that, no deal at all. Come what may, it seems their desire to stop British and European citizens moving freely across EU borders trumps everything else. Never mind that the 23 June referendum result was extremely close; never mind that for… Continue reading I doubt many VCSE organisations want a hard Brexit

Civil Society

A more informed dialogue on charities’ role in civil society is needed

Public expectation weighs heavily on charities. They are rightly seen as forces for good, helping the vulnerable, tackling social problems, and helping to meet gaps in public services. What’s more, they do this against a backdrop of funding pressure and an increasingly complicated regulatory climate. But does this level of expectation make it difficult for… Continue reading A more informed dialogue on charities’ role in civil society is needed

Civil Society, Politics

Civil society needs to speak up and be heard

The expectation of change I had in the first few days following the election result, sadly, is now subsiding. A Conservative government will likely continue, with Theresa May seeking the votes she needs from the DUP to stay as prime minister. My own disappointment is I am sure, widely shared by the community and voluntary… Continue reading Civil society needs to speak up and be heard