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Most interaction between voluntary organisations and government takes place at the local level. We welcome greater authority and local accountability for local government, but are sceptical about the government’s proposed mechanisms to achieve this (such as Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements).
There is a real risk that voluntary and community organisations will be excluded from the decision-making process and will suffer because of changes to funding arrangements over which they have little influence.
DSC Consultation Response to Local Government and Public and Health Act 2007 (February 2008)
Last October the Local Government and Public and Health Act 2007 received royal assent. The Act will significantly change the relationship between central and local government, and has many implications for voluntary and community organisations operating at the local level. During the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 the Communities and Local Government department carried out a consultation on key elements of the Act.
DSC’s response to statutory guidance following the 2007 Local Government Act (February 2008)
We responded to the draft statutory guidance which supports the implementation of the 2007 Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act.
DSC response to CLG’s consultation on its Third Sector Strategy (December 2007)
We responded to the Communities and Local Government department’s consultation on its Third Sector Strategy.
The future of funding for smaller VCOs (March 2007 Charity Times)
This article by Ben Wittenberg, Director of Policy and Research, looks at the future of funding for smaller organisations and considers the impact of Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements.