Charities must ‘make their voice heard’ to new Government

Following the surprise majority for David Cameron and the Conservatives, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) calls for charities to convince the new Government of the vital role charities play in society.

Following the surprise majority for David Cameron and the Conservatives, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) calls for charities to convince the new Government of the vital role charities play in society.

Commenting on the election outcome this morning, Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of DSC, said ‘It’s crucial that charities continue to represent the needs of their beneficiaries to both the new Government and opposition parties. Whether it is true or not, the perception of many in our sector is that a Tory government is not pro-charity. People are concerned about charities’ right to campaign and speak out, public spending cuts that impact our beneficiaries, and whether we have genuine access to policy makers.

She went on to say ‘as a sector we have to work even harder to convince the new Government of the vital role of charities in our society, and that we cannot be ignored or silenced.  We need to persuade them to rethink the excessive focus on social investment and contracting, and look again at the crucial role of grant funding. We also have to argue for continued efforts to support charitable giving, volunteering and social action – and tell the new Government clearly what will help do this and what won’t.  What we must not do is give up!’

For more information please contact Ciaran Price, Directory of Social Change by email cprice@dsc.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

• Founded in 1975, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) is a national charity which supports an independent voluntary sector through campaigning, training and publications. DSC is the largest supplier of information and training to the voluntary sector, and its work helps tens of thousands of organisations every year achieve their aims. Learn more at www.dsc.org.uk