Acevo canvasses views ahead of Government summit

Chief executives body Acevo is urging charities to have their say on how the Government can help them through the recession before next week's summit with Minister for the Third Sector Kevin Brennan.

Acevo and other voluntary sector umbrella bodies will meet Brennan on 24 November to discuss what can be done to help charities meet the rising demand on their services.

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said he wanted charities to take part in a "great debate" before the gathering on what measures can be taken to support charities through the economic downturn.

"It is important that any support we agree on at the summit be based on lively, broad-ranging and open debate across the third sector," said Bubb. "We want to hear from as many people as possible."

Acevo has called on the Government to provide an emergency £500m to support charities through the recession. It is urging voluntary sector organisations to get in touch to have their say on this and other proposals that it will add to its website this week, and to suggest their own.

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