Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

29/08/13 – Making a Better Start

Has your organisation been meeting local health or social care needs in an innovative or creative way? We want to hear about it!

FaithAction is gathering case studies of projects across the UK and beyond which are offering inventive and resourceful solutions to community needs. Your project could be featured on our e-news and website, and will feed into a FaithAction initiative to highlight good practice to other faith-based organisations across the country.

Email us at [email protected], or tell us about your project by calling 0845 094 6350.




Big Lottery Fund's £5m to give children 'a better start'

The Big Lottery Fund has announced its A Better Start initiative, which begins with a £5 million in development funding, to be shared by fifteen areas across England, which will be used to build support for children and their parents in their first years. A further £30-50 milion is planned to be invested in the next year. The initative aims to run for up to 10 years, and help improve the lives of over 10,000 children. The initative follows research released by the Big Lottery Fund that shows that 71% of new mothers feel they do not receive enough support during pregnancy and their child's first years.


Lobbying bill under fire, MPs to be briefed on effect

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill has come under fire from multiple directions, ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons on September 3rd. The bill would make it a criminal act to spend more than £390,000 on campaigns that effect elections, and require that anyone spending over £5,000 on campaigning to register with the Electoral Commission. However, a private briefing released by the Electoral Commission said the bill may be 'unenforceable' due to a lack of confidence in identifying whether activities may have an effect on elections. The Commission will also brief MPs on concerns raised by charities before the second reading.

A number of charities, led by NCVO, have raised serious concerns over the bill, stating that the broad language used means it would also cover many charities' activities as 'collateral damage', and would severly hinder their ability to speak out on issues. NCVO have asked a QC to provide advice on the proposed rules.

The bill has also been criticised by others, included shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle, who said that the bill would do nothing to its primary target, the lobbying industry, while 'gagging' charities and other campaigning groups. However, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform Chloe Smith had responded to critics; in a letter to campaigning group 38 degrees, she called the claims it would gag charities as 'nothing more than scaremongering'.



Get Involved

Commissioning for Equality – Measuring Outcomes and Impact

A series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau,

These free one-day training events are designed by New Philanthropy Capital, looking at the measurement and evaluation of social impact, with a focus on children's health.

For more information, please see our page on the event.


Charity Commission annual meeting / Charity Tribunal: essential forum or last resort?

The Charity Commission is inviting trustees, charities and charity advisers to its annual meeting, held in Westminster on 26th September. As part of the meeting, a panel debate will be held on the Charity Tribunal. The debate comes following conflicting comments made by the Commission and the PASC regarding whether the tribunal should be used to determine charity law.


PAYE Real Time  Information survey

HMRC are running a survey to gauge employer response to the requirement of real-time reporting of PAYE information which was introduced in April. The results will be used to measure the impact of the new requirement and to judge whether further change are needed. Closes 20th September.


Collaborate: Public Sector Service

Collaborate, Shared Intelligence, and the Institute for Government, are running a survey as part of their research into the readiness of the voluntary sector in delivering public services. They are seeking responses from non-profit (and for-profit companies, as comparision) that have been commissioned to deliver public services in certain areas. Closes 13th September.




Clinks have launched a Partnership Finder on their website, a searchable directory of various types of organisations involved in criminal justice work.


Citizens Online has built up a knowledge base drawing on the work they've done in the past 10 years, containing a range of information regarding the internet, from getting online for the first time to staying safe while you browse.


Two reports from Reform this month; one looks at how to boost growth in the economy, and the other looks at reasons for reforming the pay of teachers.


The Directory of Social Change  has released research that shows the impact that the late filing of charity accounts with the Charity Commision can have on securing funding.


Bates Wells Braithwaite solicitors and Unity Bank have produced 'A quick guide to the Social Value Act'.


Canada's Charity Village has 'Seven tips to help you facilitate an effective meeting'.


An article on The Guardian's Voluntary Sector Network looks at experiments in moving away from text-based annual and impact reports, using social media, video and other forms. 'Why charities should use different media to reveal the impact they make'.