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Interview: Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy, who used to work in the third sector, has been shadow charities minister for six months. She tells Stephen Cook about Labour's developing policies for charities

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Policy & Politics In Depth

Voluntary Sector income from government

New data from the 'shrinking sector'

The UK Civil Society Almanac, published by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, shows how life became harder for charities in 2011/12. Andy Hillier reports

Sir Tony Hawkhead previously served 17 years as head of the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork

Sir Tony Hawkhead

The new head of Action for Children is warming up to the challenges ahead, which include securing longer-term public service contracts and attracting support from businesses

Polly Neate says Women's Aid has invested considerably in having more of a voice

Polly Neate on turning Women's Aid into a campaigning charity

The head of Women's Aid says the charity is committed to speaking out on behalf of the most vulnerable, despite fears that the lobbying act could be damaging


Political Interviews

Interview: Nick Hurd The Minister for Civil Society says his office is succeeding in getting the sector's message across

Interview: Lisa Nandy The new shadow civil society minister tells David Ainsworth she does not want the sector to become a political football

Interview: Gareth Thomas - The view from Labour The shadow civil society minister tells Stephen Cook that the damage the government has done to the voluntary sector through spending cuts far outweighs some modest achievements

Interview: Nick Hurd Charities minister Nick Hurd tells Stephen Cook that, despite lingering fear and frustration, he sees transition in the sector and a determination to find better ways of doing things

Interview: Jeremy Wright The prisons minister expects 'significant' voluntary sector involvement in new contracts to run probation services for low and medium-risk ex-prisoners

The Big society

The Big Society

Follow the impact of David Cameron's Big Society agenda on the voluntary sector.


Latest Policy & Politics Comment

Kevin Curley says equal rights is not a case of 'job done'

Kevin Curley: The law has changed, but the work of LGBT campaigners is far from over

I couldn't be happier about my daughter's same-sex marriage - but widespread culture change will lag behind the new legal status, writes our columnist

Charities and the cuts

Charities and cuts

How charities are affected by funding cuts and the recession.

The Charity Commission

Changes to the Charity Commission

News, analysis and reaction to the cuts and changes to the Charity Commission.


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