2010 Election

CFDG SPECIAL MEMBERS' MEETING - Q&A WITH MINISTER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY, NICK HURD MP

On 17th June 2010 the Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) was delighted to be able to invite members to a special meeting entitled 'The new vision for a 'Big Society': What this means for charities'.  This meeting, kindly hosted by Schroders, brought together key perspectives on the Big Society agenda, with the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP being joined on the platform by Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO and Patrick Butler, editor of Guardian Society.

Members attending the event had the opportunity to put forward questions for the Minister in advance, and as promised we are pleased to provide you with an edited transcript of the Q&A session.

Q&A with Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP

CFDG LETTER TO THE COALITION GOVERNMENT

CFDG has sent a letter to the new Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron MP and the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP.  The letter can be read below:

Letter to the new Coalition Government

POLITICAL PARTIES' ELECTION MANIFESTOS

The Labour Party manifesto ‘A Future Fair For All’ was released on Monday 12th April 2010 and proposes that a Labour government will ‘invest in future growth and jobs,’ without cutting public spending this year but with ‘cuts to lower priority spend’ in the future.

The Conservative Party manifesto ‘Invitation to join the Government of Britain,’ was released Tuesday 13th April 2010. This introduces their concept of ‘Big Society,’ within which social enterprise, charities and the voluntary sector play an inclusive role.

The Liberal Democrat party manifesto ‘Change That Works For You, Building a Fairer Britain,’ was released Wednesday 14th April 2010. This manifesto proposes dramatic tax cuts which they assure us can be paid for with savings elsewhere. The Liberal Democrats want to ‘build a stronger society with growth that lasts, fairness and opportunity for all.’

For more details on how the policies outlined in these manifestos are likely to impact on the third sector, and how this compares with the CFDG election manifesto ‘A Level Playing Field,’ please see below:

CFDG ELECTION DEBATE

CFDG held its packed Election Debate on 24th February 2010, giving CFDG members an opportunity to ask their questions directly to leading third sector spokespeople from each of the main political parties.

The Conservative Party manifesto and the CFDG General Election manifesto 

The Labour Party manifesto and the CFDG General Election manifesto 

The Liberal Democrat manifesto and the CFDG General Election manifesto

CFDG ELECTION DEBATE

CFDG held its packed Election Debate on 24th February 2010, giving CFDG members an opportunity to ask their questions directly to leading third sector spokespeople from each of the main political parties.

Additional questions - response from Jenny Willott MP (Liberal Democrat)

Chair: Kim Catcheside, CFDG Trustee

Panellist: Angela Smith MP (Labour), Minister for the Third Sector

Angela Smith was elected MP for Basildon and East Thurrock in 1997.  Prior to taking up her appointment in June 2009 as Minister for the Third Sector she served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (June 2007-June 2009); Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (May 2006-June 2007); Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (October 2002-May 2006); Assistant Government Whip (June 2001-October 2002) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Paul Boateng Home Office Minister (October 1999-May 2001).

Panellist: Nick Hurd MP (Con), Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering

Nick Hurd was elected MP for Ruislip-Northwood in 2005. He is a member of the Environment Audit Committee, and has served as an Opposition Whip and member of the Shadow teams for Justice, Communities, and Local Government. In 2006, Nick successfully took through Parliament a Private Members Bill, the Sustainable Communities Act, which was supported by over ninety national organisations. He was on the Board of the Conservative Party’s Quality of Life Policy Commission, chairing the Climate Change group (2005-2007), and served on the Joint Parliamentary Committee that scrutinised the draft Climate Change Bill.


Panellist: Jenny Willott MP (Lib Dem), Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Jenny Willott was elected MP for Cardiff Central in 2005. She is a member of the Public Administration Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee. She has previously been Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Shadow Minister for Justice and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. As Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, she oversees issues related to the Cabinet Office and also areas of policy for which there is no department with an appropriate portfolio.

CFDG BRIEFINGS AND RESEARCH

Going in to the General Election CFDG is producing a number of briefing papers on relevant issues:

An analysis of Conservative Party Policy on the Third Sector 

Public Funding Cuts in the Third Sector 

GENERAL ELECTION GUIDANCE

The Charity Commission has issued refreshed guidance, Charities and Elections. The guidance is for use by charities during the period between the announcement of an election, and the date on which an election is held. It applies to both national and local elections. This brief guidance should be read in conjunction with their more detailed guidance on the wider subject of Speaking Out: Guidance on campaigning and political activities by charities (CC9). The principles described in Speaking Out continue to apply during an election period.  

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