Turning recommendations into reality: One year on from the Law Family Commission on Civil Society

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Turning recommendations into reality: One year on from the Law Family Commission on Civil Society

CEO of PBE Matt Whittaker reflects on the progress made towards unleashing the potential of civil society for good and the work still to be done, one year after the...

Matt Whittaker - CEO of PBE

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Strong ties and sharp focus: How the voluntary and charitable sector in Kensington & Chelsea enhances our civic life

Conservative councillor Sof McVeigh discusses the importance of her work with the voluntary sector in Kensington and Chelsea, especially in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Cllr Sof McVeigh - Councillor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Should charities be responsible for society’s most vulnerable?

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Hina Bokhari reflects on how charities have increasingly become the safety net for society's most vulnerable.

Hina Bokhari - London Assembly Member for Londonwide

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Without structural change, civil society can only help one starfish at a time

SNP MP Kirsty Blackman reflects on the huge impact delivered by civil society, arguing that structural change from government is needed to unleash the sector's full potential.

Kirsty Blackman - MP for Aberdeen North

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We need to reshape society to unleash the full potential of civil society

Former Green Party leader Baroness Natalie Bennett argues for a radical rethinking of the relationship between people and the economy.

Baroness Natalie Bennett - Member of the House of Lords

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Britain needs a stronger social sector in these challenging times

Commissioner Baroness Valerie Amos, a Labour peer, explores the importance of civil society and the crucial part it has to play in building a stronger Britain.

Baroness Valerie Amos LG, CH, PC - Member of the House of Lords

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Structural improvements: ideas for supporting a thriving civil society

Making the most of the great potential for good that civil society offers requires marrying the passion and drive that exists within the sector with a keen focus on maximising...

Dan Corry - CEO, New Philanthropy Capital

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An uncertain future: the need to better understand the potential of civil society

The Covid pandemic has emphasised many of the existing fault lines in our society. Civil society responded nimbly to the crisis, but many are left in a financially vulnerable position...

Dame Julia Unwin - Chair, Civil Society Futures

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Small charities are here to stay

Covid has changed the landscape for small charities. We need to seize the opportunity to create a brighter and bolder understanding of how small charities operate.

Rita Chadha - CEO, Small Charities Coalition

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About. For. From: unpicking the sector’s data pessimism

We need better civil society data. That includes data ‘about’ civil society - measured at the national level; ‘for’ civil society – access to public data, along with the support...

Ed Humpherson - Director General for Regulation, Office for Statistics Regulation

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Entrepreneurial philanthropy for all

Why are Americans so much better at giving money away than Brits? Britons don’t give as much as they could, while approaches to giving are too hands-off. In challenging inequality,...

Sir Peter Lampl - Founder and Executive Chair, the Sutton Trust

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A new social covenant

We need a new ‘social covenant’ between civil society and the state. One that empowers communities and asserts the importance of government and businesses producing public good. We also need...

Danny Kruger MBE - Member of Parliament for Devizes

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Civil society in our extremely digital world

To thrive in a digital world, civil society must play an active role in responding to the opportunities and challenges of technology. Doing so, means both making use of technology...

Cassie Robinson - Senior Head, UK Portfolio, the National Lottery Community Fund