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- Word from Hurd May 2013: Win and deliver public sector contracts
One of my priorities as Minister for Civil Society is to help the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector take advantage of the growing opportunities to deliver public services.
- Giving evidence to the PASC
The Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry into the regulation of charities is due to report on its findings early in 2013. Philip Kirkpatrick, who gave evidence to the Committee, gives his impressions.
- We need people inspired by a cause - not those attracted by a large salary
A high salary is not a measure of your worth to the voluntary sector. I was recently tweeted a link to a TED website talk by America's not-for-profit darling Dan Pallotta. It has gone down a storm, particularly in the US - and I can see why.
- April 2013 Quick Survey Analysis
In our April 2013 e-news quick survey we asked: Was the Budget 2013 better or worse for charities than you expected?
- Who is being difficult?
There’s a comedian who does a sketch about his wife always coming home saying “there’s a b*!ch in work trying to destroy me” (gotta be in a Detroit accent to make the point!). He reckons she’s had one of these in every job she ever worked. Funny – the ‘b*!ch” is very possibly going home saying exactly the same thing.
- Lottery Scandal 2: What's the Government waiting for?
A new report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed concern about the robustness of a deal between the Government and Mayor of London to refund £675 million taken from lottery good causes for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- Lottery Scandal 1: Should charities subsidise a Premier League football club?
The recent announcement of the deal on the Olympic Stadium adds a fresh layer of scandal to the travesty of lottery money taken from charities to support the Olympics.
- How volunteer recruitment can learn from online dating
Aside from reflecting on the extent of wider societal change in just nineteen years, my new single life and experience of online dating sites has caused me to reflect on what those of us recruiting, engaging and leading volunteers might learn from the whole online dating experience. So I offer six personal reflections below.
- Budget 2013: Chancellor fails to acknowledge our growing social debts
Britain’s political leaders are clearly focused on economic growth and reducing the country’s debts, increasingly at the expense of dealing with our rising social debts
- Top tips for making funding for individuals go further
While 2013 may have plenty of gloom in-store we suggest some top tips for making funding for individuals go further.