Rethink Policy


How can we ensure everyone benefits in the Covid-19 recovery?

Tracey Bignall

By Tracey Bignall, Senior Policy and Practice Officer, Race Equality Foundation Many of you will be aware of the detrimental impact that Covid-19 has had on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. During this last year, research has reported health, social and economic inequalities that demonstrate this. The impact of the pandemic For example, our joint analysis with the New Policy Institute showed that, whilst there was some variation, black, Asian and minority ethnic groups were at greater risk of catching covid and at greater risk of dying once infected. This analysis was confirmed by others, including by Michael Marmot’s… Read more “How can we ensure everyone benefits in the Covid-19 recovery?”

Maximizing match-funding opportunities

Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde

By Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, CAF The voluntary sector will be an essential part of this country’s post-Covid-19 recovery process, and will have a major role to play in making the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda work for all communities. But many charities themselves are already struggling and smaller ones have been particularly hard-hit by the crisis, as shown by our survey of small charities in February 2021 which showed three in five expect to see a continued loss of income sources, and half predicted that challenges will remain from a loss of fundraising sources (48%). Government support… Read more “Maximizing match-funding opportunities”

Getting levelling up funding to where it’s needed

Soo Nevison

By Soo Nevison, CEO, Community Action Bradford and District If we’re going to ‘level up’ the country we need to make sure that the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector is funded to get on and do its jobs, working with some of the most disadvantaged people. There are three ways government could design its levelling up funds to make this happen: Supporting VCSE infrastructure Many organisations in the VCSE sector working with disadvantaged people are small and simply don’t have the capacity to apply for funds. They also do not have the capacity to coordinate their services, for… Read more “Getting levelling up funding to where it’s needed”

Join our Rethink Policy Workshop

Gillian Scholes

Join us on 27th April from 10am – 12.30pm for our online event: Building back our social infrastructure: Rethinking government policy. To help the UK recover from covid-19, we need not only to build back our economy, but also our society. Covid-19 has shown how charities and the public sector can come together to address some of our most pressing social needs, but it has also exposed a range of social and geographic inequalities, and gaps in the ‘social infrastructure’ that could address these. If we are to address these gaps, we need to rethink government policy on social infrastructure,… Read more “Join our Rethink Policy Workshop”

What will ‘Levelling Up’ pay for?

Tom Collinge

A priority since 2019 election, ‘Levelling Up’ broadly refers to the government’s attempts to address geographic inequalities across the United Kingdom. At the March 2021 Budget, the Chancellor announced three new pots of levelling up funding: the Levelling Up Fund, the UK Community Renewal Fund, and the Community Ownership Fund. We have analysed these funds, worth £5.17bn, to understand what they can be spent on, and what opportunities there are for charities and civil society to play their part. Read our latest report on: What will ‘Levelling Up’ pay for? Written by NPC’s Leah Davis, Head of Policy and External… Read more “What will ‘Levelling Up’ pay for?”

A new relationship between charities and government

Leah Davis

The covid-19 crisis has shown how government, both nationally and locally, and charities can come together to tackle major social issues. Nationally, the government spent £750 million to help charities, whilst at the local level councils and charities have overcome traditional barriers to coordinating activity to respond to local needs.  But the crisis has also laid bare existing challenges and divides in the relationship between government and the charitable sector. The nature of the relationship between charities and the government has increasingly become one of fulfilling service delivery contracts or of campaigning, rather than a partnership for sharing intelligence, innovation, … Read more “A new relationship between charities and government”

How government policy can help charities be more effective

Leah Davis

Amidst hard times and rising social needs, better government policy and regulation of the social sector  becomes ever more urgent.  With the right policies, governments can support charities and funders to be efficient and effective with their resources. With the wrong policies, governments either fail to do this or even actively disincentivise it. For example, government commissioning practices may mean, some charities are taking on more financial risk than they should. Our State of the Sector research revealed that more than half of charities with a government contract are subsiding that contract with income from other sources, including voluntary donations. … Read more “How government policy can help charities be more effective”

Levelling up must include targeted support

Leah Davis

Covid-19 has revealed how unequal Britain is, both regionally and across different social groups. Charities, philanthropists, and funders seek to help those who need it most, but our research suggests civil society is weakest in more deprived areas. It’s not that there’s necessarily less community, but there is less of the formal  infrastructure provided by charities to support people to overcome the social barriers to accessing employment, and to better health, confidence, and happiness. This is likely caused by the economic situation places find themselves in. As we rebuild, we must recognise that this shortage is a drag on recovery. … Read more “Levelling up must include targeted support”