Second third sector recession summit in June

Action plan progress to be assessed at meeting hosted by NCVO and Office of the Third Sector

The Office of the Third Sector and the NCVO will jointly host a second recession summit on 2 June.

About 25 sector leaders and government representatives debated the impact of the economic downturn on charities at the first summit in November last year. Three months later the OTS produced its £42.5m third sector action plan Real Help for Communities.

Third sector minister Kevin Brennan informed Parliament last week that a second summit would be held to assess developments.

"At present the available evidence is incomplete and somewhat inconsistent, indicating that it is too soon since the start of the downturn to fully evaluate the impact on the sector," he said.

An NCVO spokesman said the aim of the meetings was "to regularly share our intelligence of the recession and how it is affecting our sector".

He added: "And after the announcement of the action plan we think it is critical to find out what else can be done to ease the impact on the sector."

The OTS is hosting roadshows in the nine English regions, beginning at Newcastle Football Club on 20 April and ending at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 24 June, to discuss how charities can benefit from the action plan.

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