FINANCE NEWS: CFDG lobbies Parliament to cut bureaucratic ties on funding

The Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) is to distribute 3,000 copies of a new position paper on the future of the voluntary sector to MPs, peers, civil servants, think-tanks and the media.

Charity Management - the Way Ahead: the CFDG Agenda for Government and the Voluntary Sector, due to be published next week, calls on the Government to reduce red tape on the sector and introduce a "supportive funding environment".

It also encourages charities to develop public trust through communications and reporting.

David Sinclair, CFDG policy officer, said that the organisation, which has 900 members, decided it needed to do more than provide training in order to fulfil its charitable aims. "We need to be outward looking as well as inward looking,

he said.

Sinclair said that the lobbying work of CFDG would focus on issues such as accounting standards, pensions and insurance, which were not on the agenda of other representative bodies like NCVO. "We have a different focus to NCVO although the underlying principles are likely to be the same. Our members have expertise which is different to NCVO. We have also had meetings with NCVO to make sure we don't overlap or criticise each other."

The new role for the CFDG is symptomatic of the greater responsibility of finance directors for the public profile of their charities, said Sinclair.

"If you look at the work NCVO is doing with the Charity Commission on performance measurement, our members will have to do the technical work, an important role to make sure inputs are measured in the same way,

he said.

Earlier this year, CFDG set up a policy development working group chaired by Oxfam's David Nussbaum to formulate a response to the forthcoming Government reviews.

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