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What is the relationship between local government and the charity sector?

22 November 2016

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The Select Committee on Charities holds two evidence sessions, both focusing on the relationship between local government and the charity sector. In the first session, the Committee hears from the Local Government Association and the Welsh Local Government Association. The second session puts questions to Councillors from Essex and Newcastle.


Tuesday 22 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 4.00pm

  • Daniel Hurford, Head of Policy (Improvement and Governance), Welsh Local Government Association
  • Councillor Robert Light, Kirklees Council and Vice-Chair of the Local Government Association's City Regions Board

At 5.00pm

  • Councillor Susan Barker, Deputy to the Cabinet Member for Communities and Corporate, Essex County Council
  • Councillor Stephen Powers, Cabinet Member for Policy and Communications, Newcastle City Council

Possible discussion

Likely questions to be covered in the first session include:

  • What is the role of charities in local communities and how does this relate to the role of local government?
  • How have local authorities changed their approach to charities in recent years?
  • How has the changing public funding environment affected the relationship between charities and local government?

Likely questions to be covered in the second session include:

  • How, if at all, has the Social Value Act changed the commissioning approach of local authorities?
  • Are financial and other pressures constraining innovation by charities?
  • How might regional devolution change the relationship between local government and the voluntary sector?

Further information

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