Caroline Slocock, Director of the think tank Civil Exchange published the report Independence in Question, building on the work of the Panel of the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, a five year programme set up to measure whether charities’ independence was under threat. Slocock highlighted that the challenges have increased since the last year’s panel, placing the independence of the voluntary sector under serious attack. Accordingly, he explains that the major shift lies in that the relatively flexible grants enabling the voluntary sector to help shaping public services have become contracts that specify what the voluntary sector should deliver. More so, local opportunities’ access and response to the voice of the independent voluntary sector seem likely to be undermined by policy changes due to decisions being made at the ‘center’ without consultations. Slocock also pinpoints to the Cabinet Office’s decision to include ‘no advocacy’ clause in grant agreements, stopping the funding of activities aiming to influence the Government, the Parliament, political parties, as well as legislative or regulatory actions. The report is available for download here.
Source: Civil Society UK