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Voluntary sector independence under serious threat
This is the second report by the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary sector.
The Panel’s latest report – Independence under Threat – said that both explicit government actions, and inactions, had had a serious impact on the independence of campaigning charities working with it. The report says the Government has:
imposed contractual gagging orders on some charities, stopping them speaking out about government policies or publicly releasing data
advised local authorities not to fund certain campaigning charities
failed to carry out its own policies to support the independence of the voluntary sector.
The Panel’s conclusions are based on a wide range of evidence, including from charity leaders, who said that their independence was at risk and that they felt less able to speak out against government policies that adversely affected their clients because of the impact of contracts with central and local government.
To read the report click here
To find out more about the Panel click here