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Workshop PM3 Hot issues inpolitics & policy
Hot issues in politics and policyNick Wilson Young, Strategic Foresight.You said you want:• Public services• Funding and c...
Hot issues in politics and policy•   Lots to cover & over 100 people•   Timing•   Stick to big, cross-cutting issues•   No...
In foursWhat are your hot policy       issues?
Public Services    James Allen,   NCVO Head ofPartnerships & Public      Services
Public services: policy changes• Changing landscape  – OPSWP  – Commissioning  – Fiscal constraints driving change?• Chall...
OPSWP• Competition and choice. Accountability?• Social value• Structural changes to the public sector:  mutuals/spin outs/...
Commissioning: change is             needed•   ‘Open commissioning’•   Bureaucracy – PQQs•   Commissioner training•   Exte...
Case study: Work Programme• Significant reform programme• Prime contractor model• Challenges:• Contract size• PbR and risk...
Funding & Cuts   Karl Wilding,NCVO Head of Policy,Research & Foresight
Context: where does funding come                   from?•   The public•   philanthropic resources: static•   Government re...
Philanthropic resources•   What role for philanthropy?•   Giving White Paper 2011•   Create a culture of giving time and m...
Government resources•   What role for government resources?•   Giving, shopping and investing•   Focus ltd resources on th...
Social investment•   What is it?•   What role for social investment?•   Building the market•   Getting the sector ‘investm...
Charity Law    & RegulationElizabeth Chamberlain, NCVO Policy Officer
Why is charity law important?• Public trust and confidence• Independence of charities• Transparency and accountability
• A new Charities Act 2011 arrives…• … and the Review of the Charities Act  2006 is underway
Charities Act 2006 ReviewWhy is the review taking place?•Section 73 Charities Act 2006 - review after5 years•Review must l...
Lord Hodgson’s Charities Act Reviewhttp://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/charitiesNCVO Charity Law Review Advisory Group...
• April 2012 - Deadline for “responses”• June/July 2012 - Report to be laid before  Parliament• Leading to ….. Charities A...
LocalismCharlotte Stuffins,  NCVO Policy
Localism  “A ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities, overturningdecades of central government control”...
Localism is part of the Big Society           agenda and inherent in several public           policy areasLocalism Act (No...
What are some of the key issues for NCVO?• Limitations of the spending cuts• Ensuring equality and fairness• Ongoing role ...
What is NCVO doing?• Responding to government consultations• Researching good and practice• Policy work on rights and regu...
The Compact Adam Pickering,  Compact VoiceEngagement Officer
The Compact• Mutually agreed  principles which set out  the relationship between  the public and voluntary  and community ...
"One of the other elements we’ve been able to agree very rapidly in ourcoalition agreement is support for co-ops, for mutu...
What is the current status of the           Compact?• New accountability measures• 203 active local Compacts• Strengthened...
“Authorities should be responsive to the benefits and needsof voluntary and community sector organisations of all sizes(ho...
Why is it particularly relevant              now?The Compact can help improve partnershipsand reduce risks for both sector...
Compact Voice• Membership organisation• Provides training and support for  Compacts both locally and nationally• Shares ex...
In the same foursWhat can you add?
Thank you
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Hot issues in politics and policy (NCVO Annual Conference 2012)

  1. 1. Workshop PM3 Hot issues inpolitics & policy
  2. 2. Hot issues in politics and policyNick Wilson Young, Strategic Foresight.You said you want:• Public services• Funding and cuts• Charity Law and regulation• Localism• How the Compact will frame the relationship with government
  3. 3. Hot issues in politics and policy• Lots to cover & over 100 people• Timing• Stick to big, cross-cutting issues• Not local or sub-sector• Range of expertise in the room• Questions & discussion at the end
  4. 4. In foursWhat are your hot policy issues?
  5. 5. Public Services James Allen, NCVO Head ofPartnerships & Public Services
  6. 6. Public services: policy changes• Changing landscape – OPSWP – Commissioning – Fiscal constraints driving change?• Challenges – Payment by results – Lack of market management – Unmanaged competition – Structural barriers: public sector, size of contracts
  7. 7. OPSWP• Competition and choice. Accountability?• Social value• Structural changes to the public sector: mutuals/spin outs/collaborations• ‘Consumer’ choice and empowerment
  8. 8. Commissioning: change is needed• ‘Open commissioning’• Bureaucracy – PQQs• Commissioner training• Extension of PBR• Localism
  9. 9. Case study: Work Programme• Significant reform programme• Prime contractor model• Challenges:• Contract size• PbR and risk• (Lack of?) role for the VCS including referrals• Structural/contractual issues
  10. 10. Funding & Cuts Karl Wilding,NCVO Head of Policy,Research & Foresight
  11. 11. Context: where does funding come from?• The public• philanthropic resources: static• Government resources• Peak funding: 2007/08• Shift from grants to contracts• Lottery distributors• Likely to increase (more playing; Olympics over)• Private sector resources• Trusts and Foundations
  12. 12. Philanthropic resources• What role for philanthropy?• Giving White Paper 2011• Create a culture of giving time and money• Identify game changers/opportunities to scale up• Stimulate behaviour change: nudge• Create tax incentives that stimulate giving• Modernise Gift Aid administration• Love giving, hate fundraising?• Foundations: pressure on payout?
  13. 13. Government resources• What role for government resources?• Giving, shopping and investing• Focus ltd resources on the frontline• Interest in service delivery, not advocacy/representation• Contracts• payment by results• Prime/sub-contractor model• Sector blind• Impact measurement problem not yet cracked• What about grants?
  14. 14. Social investment• What is it?• What role for social investment?• Building the market• Getting the sector ‘investment ready’• Reforming the fiscal environment• Reforming the regulatory environment• A minority sport?• New money, or replacing old money?• Investors: becoming ‘investee ready’
  15. 15. Charity Law & RegulationElizabeth Chamberlain, NCVO Policy Officer
  16. 16. Why is charity law important?• Public trust and confidence• Independence of charities• Transparency and accountability
  17. 17. • A new Charities Act 2011 arrives…• … and the Review of the Charities Act 2006 is underway
  18. 18. Charities Act 2006 ReviewWhy is the review taking place?•Section 73 Charities Act 2006 - review after5 years•Review must look at impact of the Act onpublic trust in charities and willingness tovolunteer
  19. 19. Lord Hodgson’s Charities Act Reviewhttp://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/charitiesNCVO Charity Law Review Advisory Grouphttp://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/ncvo-charity-law-revi
  20. 20. • April 2012 - Deadline for “responses”• June/July 2012 - Report to be laid before Parliament• Leading to ….. Charities Act 2015?
  21. 21. LocalismCharlotte Stuffins, NCVO Policy
  22. 22. Localism “A ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities, overturningdecades of central government control”. Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  23. 23. Localism is part of the Big Society agenda and inherent in several public policy areasLocalism Act (Nov 2011)• Right to Buy• Community Assets• Neighbourhood Planning• General Power of Competence
  24. 24. What are some of the key issues for NCVO?• Limitations of the spending cuts• Ensuring equality and fairness• Ongoing role of central governmentWhy these issues?We have consultedNCVO members toshape our policy
  25. 25. What is NCVO doing?• Responding to government consultations• Researching good and practice• Policy work on rights and regulations• Researching implications for nationalorganisationsWant to know more?NCVO’s lines on theseissues (and more) will bepublished on our websitein the coming months
  26. 26. The Compact Adam Pickering, Compact VoiceEngagement Officer
  27. 27. The Compact• Mutually agreed principles which set out the relationship between the public and voluntary and community sectors• Principles such as 12 consultation periods and 3 months notice to changes to funding are well known• Supported by Public Law
  28. 28. "One of the other elements we’ve been able to agree very rapidly in ourcoalition agreement is support for co-ops, for mutuals, for charities, forsocial enterprises – making sure that the Compact you’ve got alreadywith government … really means something. And one of the early bitsof work, I think, is to refresh and renew that Compact.“David Cameron, Big Society launch event 2010“This government believes that the Compact still has a vital part to playin fostering better partnership working between the Government andcivil society organisations. This is why we have included the CivilSociety Compact as a cross departmental agenda item in departmentalbusiness plans for 2012-13 which will be published in the spring.”Nick Hurd, in response to NAO report on the Compact
  29. 29. What is the current status of the Compact?• New accountability measures• 203 active local Compacts• Strengthened locally by Best Value Statutory Guidance• National Audit Office have made recommendations for implementation by central government• One of No 10’s 6 cross-departmental priorities
  30. 30. “Authorities should be responsive to the benefits and needsof voluntary and community sector organisations of all sizes(honouring the commitments set out in Local Compacts)”Best Value Statutory GuidanceDepartment for Communities and Local Government“I would encourage all NHS organisations in England tohave signed up to a local Compact and use this to guidelocal arrangements for partnership working.”Andrew Lansley – Secretary of State for Health
  31. 31. Why is it particularly relevant now?The Compact can help improve partnershipsand reduce risks for both sectors involvedin:•Decentralisation•Reduced funding•Market competition•Public service design and delivery•New emerging policy priorities
  32. 32. Compact Voice• Membership organisation• Provides training and support for Compacts both locally and nationally• Shares examples of good practice• In 2012:• Comprehensive membership survey• Working with government departments on their business plans Email:• Developing briefings and publications compact@compactvoice.org.uk on key policy topics Website:• Challenging instances of Compact www.compactvoice.org.uk non-compliance both locally and Twitter: nationally @compactvoice
  33. 33. In the same foursWhat can you add?
  34. 34. Thank you

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