Third sector needs to achieve concrete outcomes in Wales

The voluntary sector and the National Assembly in Wales need to move beyond relationship building to achieving concrete outcomes, Wales Council for Voluntary Action's chief executive told delegates last week.

"This will require greater clarity of objectives and vision for both sides, if the prize of greater community and individual well being and sustainability is to be achieved," said Graham Benfield at the umbrella body's annual conference. He added that two "radical proposals" needed to be taken forward if this was to happen - abolition of restrictions on charities' funding, and full cost recovery in service delivery.

Chief charity commissioner John Stoker told delegates that the proposal that charities with income under £10,000 should no longer register with the commission was contentious. "There are strong arguments either way.

It would mean that small charities would be spared the time, work and cost involved in registration."

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