NCVO offers £100k to panel on sector's future | Report: 'Threats to independence have intensified' | English National Opera placed in special funding arrangement

Plus: Movember income falls by a quarter | MND Association sets out plans for ice bucket funds | Social Value Act review published

The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector's final report
The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector's final report

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has offered £100,000 towards creation of a new panel that will consider the future of the voluntary sector. The commission will be run by the Baring Foundation, which funded the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector for the past four years until it published its final report this week.

The report found that threats to the independence of charities have again intensified in the past year, with four out of its six annually revisited indicators of independence showing deterioration this time around and two seeing no improvement. The panel of sector experts concluded that the sector urgently needs to seek a new settlement with government.

English National Opera will be removed from Arts Council England’s national portfolio funding programme for the next three years and instead will be placed under special funding arrangements. The grant-maker said this was due to "serious concerns" about its governance and business model. 

Movember’s UK income fell by almost a quarter in 2013/14, according to its latest annual accounts. The moustache-growing fundraising campaign for men’s health saw funds drop to £20.5m, down from £27.1m the previous year, after experiencing a 30 per cent fall in the number of participants.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has announced how it will spend the £7.1m it received in donations from the ice bucket challenge. The charity has committed to £8.5m of spending on research, care and support services, campaigning, emerging projects and volunteering, and will also use some of the money to raise further funds.

A government review of the social value act has rejected extending the legislation to goods and works. However the review, conducted by Lord Young, recommended that the act be better promoted and amended to take into account changes to EU procurement rules.

This is a selection of the top stories: for the week's full output, click here

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus