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The Conservatives have proved themselves a 'foe' of Muslim charities, event hears
The Conservative Party has proved itself a "foe" of Muslim charities after denying them a platform to speak at its conference, Sir Stephen Bubb of Acevo said yesterday. Bubb was speaking at an event entitled Muslim Charities: Friend or Foe? which took place outside the secure zone of the conference. The event was organised by Acevo, the infrastructure body for charity leaders, and the Muslim Charities Forum, after a planned event at the Conservative Party Conference was cancelled by the party without notice or explanation. The cancellation came after the Daily Telegraph alleged that one of the speakers at the Acevo event had connections with terrorism. Read the rest of this article at Civil Society.
Govt accepts all recommendations of Etherington review
The Government has accepted all the recommendations of the Etherington review of fundraising practice and regulation. Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson announced on the weekend that forthcoming changes could force large charities to sign up to a new fundraising watchdog. The new regulator will require charities to have the explicit consent of all donors, past and present, before any data can be shared. The Government supports the proposed fundraising preference service, enabling individuals to add their name to a suppression list giving fundraisers a clear indication they do not wish to be contacted. Under the system fundraisers should have a responsibility to check against the FPS before sending out a campaign. “Charitable giving is one of the most decent and generous attributes of a civilised society – and we need to rebuild people’s faith in the big charities,” Wilson said. “We are building a new regulatory structure to make sure the right safeguards exist to protect those people at risk of exploitation. This should help the charities to draw a line under previous bad practice and I hope we will see even more people making donations and giving their time to help others in the months and years ahead.”…
Bidding system for public sector contracts is not working, says Barnardo's chief executive
Barnardo’s is walking away from many public service delivery contracts because councils pay too little, demand too much and waste charities' time, its chief executive told the Conservative Party Conference heard this week. Javed Khan was speaking at a round-table event hosted by charity leaders infrastructure body Acevo. He said that demand is increasing and Barnardo’s was being asked “to do much more for the same money of less”. He called for the entire system to be restructured. “Quality is non-negotiable,” he said. “In the last year we have walked away from more offers of work than we have accepted.” Earlier this year the Children’s Society’s chief executive, Matthew Reed, made a similar claim about walking away from public sector contracts. Read the rest of this article at Civil Society.
Blog: The Party Conference Journal Pt. 4 - #CPC15
By Felicity Smith
FaithAction has been at another party conference this week, and it’s been another great opportunity to highlight the difference that faith makes. Being at a party conference is interesting… especially this week’s one! You have probably seen a lot of news coverage around the protests, and the speeches that have taken place. I wanted to spend a few minutes letting you know what being at a party conference is like from my perspective! 8:30am I arrive at the party conference venue. There are a few protestors outside, but to be honest, it’s okay and nothing major. Everyone is upbeat and I set up the stand. This year, we are part of a larger Conservative Christian Fellowship stand… we've found sharing a stand a great way to connect with other faith-based organisations and to keep costs down. We have a quiz to make people think about the impact that faith has in the UK and mugs to give out to those who have completed it. I’m the lucky one of the team... Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director and David Taylor, Membership and Communications Officer have both been at breakfast fringe events that started at 7:30! 9:00am The exhibition area opens and…
Blog: The Party Conference Journal Pt. 3 - #Lab15
By Rodie Garland
This week was my first opportunity to spend an extended time at one of the major party conferences. What struck me most was how many people are passionately committed, not only to their party, but to grappling with the challenge of how to change our communities for the better. The many fringe events are a chance for a panel of political thinkers to set out their views on a certain topic, and then engage in debate with the audience. A cynic might say that this is just a talking shop, and in some cases that might be so – but this is also, partly, how policy is made: the presentation and interrogation of ideas, which are mulled over, researched, refined and which might eventually become reality. So it was great to be present at some of these debates, particularly when the future of our health and care system was being discussed. In some cases it was clear that the voluntary sector’s role in the system was not front of mind for those outside the sector, even if they were health professionals – it was up to those in the room who worked in the sector to highlight what an important…