Voluntary sector

  • Let’s rebuild support for our voluntary bodies

    04 December 2018

    Something is not right in the state of the relationship between local government and the voluntary and community sector – yet the importance of a productive collaboration has never been greater, argues chair of NAVCA John Tizard.


  • Pressing on with spending plans despite uncertainty

    04 December 2018

    Newcastle City Council has just launched its medium-term plan for consultation, says Tony Kirkham. Waiting for stability seems even more risky, he adds.


  • The finite capacity of civil society

    13 November 2018

    How much capacity has civil society got to absorb the increased demands on its financial and human resources, asks Sarah Longlands


  • Building a better sense of community

    15 August 2018

    Dan Corry looks at the launch of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy and asks whether it can move us forward to create a society that works for the benefit of all communities.


  • Council response to Grenfell tragedy was 'weak' - report

    30 May 2018

    Damage caused by Kensington and Chelsea RLBC's ‘weak’ response in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire will be ‘difficult to repair,’ a report has suggested.


  • Minimum wage for sleep-in shifts poses ‘existential threat’ to care sector

    08 May 2018

    The financial viability of nearly 70% of the care sector is threatened by the looming funding crisis over sleep-in shift pay, according to a survey by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).


  • 'Give managers greater decision-making power to innovate'

    03 October 2017

    Senior council managers should devolve powers to all levels of leadership in order to innovate in a time of austerity, new research has suggested.


  • Time to wake up the sleeping sector?

    14 June 2017

    Dan Corry muses on how to get the charitable sector more involved in public services and challenges ministers to make it a new priority


  • How do we support the next generation of community leaders?

    01 June 2017

    At the moment, too much money goes to the bigger care providers. Ewan King argues we must be better at building local community-based care services.


  • Championing the community

    20 April 2017

    Cambridgeshire CC won the Excellence in Community Engagement prize at The MJ’s Local Government Excellence Awards 2016. Here’s how they did it.


  • The voluntary and community sector are our natural allies

    28 February 2017

    Local authority leaders should foster and develop strong relations with the local voluntary and community sector, writes John Tizard.


  • How to create the winning team

    29 June 2016

    The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has produced research on the relationship between councils and the voluntary and community sector. Sarah Stopforth and Claire Mansfield say the time has come to embrace a new way of thinking and working


  • Keep the relationship alive

    17 May 2016

    The voluntary and community sector and local government need each other now more than ever, says John Tizard


  • Reach for a helpful partnership

    04 May 2016

    Local government must not lock charities out of work and should use devolution to bring about dramatic change, writes Dan Corry


  • Charities vital to devo success

    25 February 2016

    Alan Fraser explains why local government can’t afford to cut the not-for-profit sector out of devolution deals


  • Mind the (social care) gap

    10 December 2015

    David McCullough says despite increased funding some councils are going to struggle to support the older members of their communities


  • Grant renaissance

    03 December 2015

    John Tizard argues the case for grants in the voluntary and community sector and how, used judiciously, they can be beneficial to public sector budgets


  • Time to tap the CBO pot

    19 June 2015

    If you think there's any chance that outcomes-based commissioning can help you deliver better results, or better value-for-money, now’s the time to explore the idea, writes Andrew Levitt.


  • Co-operating for the good of Stoke

    09 June 2015

    Julie Griffin writes about Stoke-on-Trent’s ambitious services redesign, which aims to improve lives through partnership and innovation.


  • Prototyping change

    08 June 2015

    City innovators could herald and shape a new type of society we all want to live in, tackling complex social issues such as obesity and isolation through shifting the relationship between people and their communities, writes Paul Roberts.