From Paternalism to Participation: Labour’s new civil society strategy

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ACEVO’s head of policy, Kristiana Wrixon, reflects on Labour’s new civil society strategy

Yesterday Steve Reed, the shadow civil society minister, launched From Paternalism to Participation, Labour’s long awaited Civil Society Strategy. Labour’s strategy is 14 pages compared to the government’s lengthy 123 page strategy, but size isn’t everything and there is a lot to welcome in the Labour strategy.

I am pleased to see a lot of cross-over with ACEVO’s own policy strategy. Both aspire to achieve fairer regulation, greater freedom to campaign and increased diversity in leadership. Labour’s strategy also commits to giving charity trustees equal status in law to school governors and councillors, something that Susan Elan Jones MP has been leading on after introducing the Charity Trustee Bill (under the Ten Minute Rule) in March this year. The Bill has been supported by ACEVO, Small Charities Coalition and NCVO.

It’s also pleasing to see…

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