Next government 'should offer charities better support'

Sustainable investment and better commissioning called for in manifesto from sector organisations

The next government should provide charities with sustainable investment, improved public sector commissioning and a more effective support structure, according to a joint manifesto launched by a group of third sector organisations.

The manifesto, which incorporates the views of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, has been produced by chief executives body Acevo, the Social Enterprise Coalition, and the Community Alliance, which is a partnership of three community umbrella bodies: Community Matters, Bassac and the Development Trusts Association.

The report proposes a social investment wholesale bank, tax breaks for social investment and more transfers of publicly owned assets, such as community centres or swimming pools, into community ownership.

It also proposes that more services should be commissioned on an appropriate scale for third sector organisations, that service commissioners should be offered more training on how to commission services that third sector organisations can provide and that the tax system should be reformed to support volunteering and part-time work.

"By supporting and enabling an independent space for civil society, government can do more for less," the document says.

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