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Think tank seeks views on the voluntary sector’s independence

Think tank Civil Exchange is seeking views on the voluntary sector’s relationship with government as it sets out to analyse the sector’s future independence.

Civil Exchange plans to build on the work of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, which came to an end when it published its final report, An Independent Mission: the voluntary sector in 2015, in February this year.

The think tank will produce two further annual assessments of the independence of the voluntary sector and its relationship with the state, and is inviting evidence now.

Civil Exchange director Caroline Slocock said the next 18 months will be critical for the independence of the sector. Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a smarter state in which the voluntary sector and Government collaborate to address need, Slocock said, but realising this would require “a huge shift in culture and practice”.

“We will be exploring whether recent negative trends can be reversed – which include contract terms and legislation that restrict the sector’s independent voice; reduced consultation; and weak protections and regulation to stop state interference. We will also look at whether devolution will make genuine collaboration easier.”

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