Our Work

Influencing policy

We develop policy responses both on issues that affect the charity sector, such as digital, and the issues that the sector works on, such as health. Anything that affects the ability of the sector to create impact. Our Policy Advisory Board provides guidance and insights on our policy work.

Recently we set out our proposals to help charities achieve greater impact through our evidence to the Lords Select Committee on Charities, and have been working to bring about improvements in governance in the sector through publications such as It starts from the top.

We have directly influenced government by working with the Ministry of Justice to establish the Justice Data Lab, with more work now ongoing to replicate this in other government departments. Our programmes of work to catalyse change in the sector involve influencing and working in partnership.

We regularly convene events to bring the voluntary sector view to policy-makers, such as our Party Conference events on devolution with metro-mayors or roundtables on the Work & Health programme or the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.

Previously, in our 2015 pre-election manifesto we set out a series of proposals to build a more vibrant and effective charity sector. On the back of this, our suggestions for improving the Social Value Act were reflected in Lord Young’s final report and Big Society Capital responded to our call for more transparency with a consultation on additional measures.

We also regularly respond to government consultations on topics as diverse as governance, issues affecting public trust, and public sector commissioning strategies.

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