Navca members impressed by Tory plans for sector

Almost half of Navca members view the Conservative Party more favourably after the publication of the Tories' green paper on the voluntary sector, a poll of members has suggested.

A survey by the local infrastructure umbrella body showed that 44 per cent of respondents viewed the party a little or a lot more favourably than before the publication of Voluntary Action in the 21st Century (4 June, page 1).

Just over half said their view of the party had stayed the same, and only 3 per cent said they viewed the party less favourably.

However, 80 per cent of those that expressed an opinion disagreed with the Tories' proposal that the Big Lottery Fund should be scrapped and replaced with a fund that was ring-fenced for the sector. About 70 organisations took part in the survey.

Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, said members "had been impressed that the Conservative Party was treating the sector seriously and wanting a dialogue with us".

He added: "For the first time in the six years that I have been at Navca, senior people from the Conservative Party, such as Greg Clark and Iain Duncan Smith, have come to us seeking the opportunity to talk about how they could support the local third sector should they get into government."

- See Editorial, page 12.

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