A call for more local authority engagement by three leading voluntary and community sector organisations

Three leading voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations — the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo), and Compact Voice, a body which promotes effective partnerships between the voluntary sector and government — have called on local authorities to ensure they engage with the voluntary sector at all stages of the commissioning process.

In a joint letter sent out to all the council leaders in England before last week’s local election, the three organisations urged local authorities to treat the voluntary sector fairly when setting their budgets.

The letter highlights the value of voluntary services, and reminds councils of their duties under the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Best Value statutory guidance and under the National Compact, both of which set out standards for how councils should work with charities when making budget decisions…

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