Nick Hurd to meet sector leaders on response to riots

NCVO wants to convene a wide group to discuss the issues with the Minister for Civil Society, possibly on 14 September

Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, is to meet leading voluntary organisations next month to explore ways of rebuilding communities affected by the recent rioting in England.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is organising the meeting, which has been provisionally scheduled for 14 September.

Karl Wilding, acting director of public policy & communications at the NCVO, has written to other voluntary organisations saying it and the OCS want to "convene a wide group, including local infrastructure bodies plus any key sector organisations from the areas affected, and their local authority partners".

The meeting will discuss a range of issues, including: how the sector can help communities rebuild; how it can help policymakers reflect on the context and causes of the disturbances; where and how the sector might help to address such issues; and what support affected voluntary organisations and social enterprises need to "get back on their feet".

Wilding’s email says: "I do not imagine for one moment that such a meeting will find all of the solutions to or causes of the disturbances.

"However, we can bring together and amplify the thoughts and direct experience of those working on the ground."

The NCVO will write to all members tomorrow asking what support they need and "what, if anything, they would like us to say to government".

"I would welcome your thoughts on whether we should undertake such an exercise collectively on behalf of the sector," said Wilding in the email.

An OCS spokesman said Hurd "wanted to support the sector and see what the government could do to help".

"He is keen to hear from the front line – the sector’s role will be clearer over the coming weeks," the spokesman said.

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