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Interview: Graham Benfield

Interview: Graham Benfield

The recently retired chief executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action tells Susannah Birkwood about the gains the Welsh sector has made in the last 25 years - and the dilemmas it faces now

Are forces charities too 'old-fashioned' to change their ways?

Are forces charities too 'old-fashioned' to change their ways?

Lord Ashcroft's blunt review of military charities calls for greater consolidation and collaboration. Annette Rawstrone looks at the report's proposals and whether they will be implemented

Analysis: Do we need a Charity Defence Council?

Analysis: Do we need a Charity Defence Council?

Recent criticism of the sector has prompted some to call for a body to protect its reputation. Andy Hillier canvasses whether that model could work here and looks at the US example.

Analysis: local infrastructure - 'It's been all right for some'

Analysis: local infrastructure - 'It's been all right for some'

Has the government's Transforming Local Infrastructure scheme, which has helped create projects such as Tameside 4 Good, had the desired effect on the sector's landscape? Andy Hillier reports

Interview: Sir Stuart Etherington

Interview: Sir Stuart Etherington

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has weathered the cuts and the priority now is the growth of civil society, its chief executive tells David Ainsworth

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