Last week's Conservative Party conference emphasised the role that smaller, grass-roots community organisations could play in tackling social breakdown. A number of grass-roots community representatives spoke from the main stage.
Seb Elsworth, head of policy at Acevo, said: "We are concerned that the Conservatives have a tendency to talk only about small community groups. There is also a very significant role for large third sector organisations to play, which is not reflected in Conservative rhetoric."
Pete Moorey, parliamentary and media manager at the NCVO, said: "I don't think it's a bad thing that there has been a lot of talk about smaller charities. They deserve the attention. But there is also a role for larger charities, and the balance needs to be right."