Civil Society, Politics

Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?

  What a shambles. The government has released another tranche of papers on what to expect if there is no deal, but the shape of a final outcome is still no clearer. Yet it’s the biggest and most significant event in decades. Undoing almost 50 years of EU membership will affect almost every aspect of… Continue reading Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?

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Civil Society, Politics

Time to take a side: civil society’s collective voice must be heard

Like it or not, Brexit is coming, but at what cost? If the government hardliners get their way, we face the prospect of the very hardest type of Brexit; yet there appears to be very few charity voices taking a stand against this extreme position. According to a report in Third Sector, the NCVO has… Continue reading Time to take a side: civil society’s collective voice must be heard

Civil Society, Employment Relations

One in four staff earning less than a living wage is nothing to be proud of

Working for a charity can be very rewarding, but don’t expect to be well paid. OK, so some of the larger charities will pay their most senior post holders an attractive salary, but for most working in the sector, I doubt the prospect of a healthy wage cheque was the primary attraction. This is illustrated… Continue reading One in four staff earning less than a living wage is nothing to be proud of

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