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NCIA May 2013 newsletter

National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) have published their latest newsletter.

In this issue:

An Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services

NCIA is part of a broad landscape of voluntary action which is designed to tackle inequality, social injustice, disenfranchisement from civic life and the environmental crisis. For many years, we have warned of the dangers to voluntary agencies of allowing themselves to be co-opted by government, and now the private sector, because the pressures in these relationships can sap capacity and willingness to speak out without fear or favour. The damage that has already been done is, in our view, extreme. It is time to ask whether voluntary agencies, providing professionalised, ‘managerialised’ services under contract to the state or private companies have a future within a radical tradition of social justice?

On the May 10th at a meeting in London we launched our Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services. Over the next 6 months we will explore and seek evidence on the issues, forces and factors that are shaping this part of the voluntary and community sector – privatisation, commissioning, social enterprise, social investment, sub-contracting, corporate charitable provision and the rest. We are keen to hear from people with views on these matters. More information about how we intend to go about this Inquiry and how you might contribute to it will appear on our website over the next few weeks.

For much more news, information and events, please download the newsletter below.

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