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All parties must clearly articulate their vision for the charity sector

13 April 2015

With the launch of the manifestos imminent, a new survey by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has warned of a disconnect between charities and politics.  In response, CAF has called on all political parties to ensure that they clearly articulate their vision for the future of the charity sector.

Just 2% of charities responding to an online survey believe that parties are communicating their policies for the future of the sector effectively.  Two-thirds say that politicians do not understand how important charities are in Britain today.

Most charities and voluntary groups have little idea what each party's priorities for the voluntary sector are with no political party managing to adequately communicate to even a third of respondents what their plans entail.

Given this, it is not surprising that the recent Social Landscape 2015 study revealed that a majority of charity chief executives (59%) are pessimistic about Government support for the sector.

Commenting on the survey's findings, John Low, Chief Executive of CAF said:

"In the next few days parties will be launching their manifestos and setting out a vision for the future of Britain.  It is vital that each party gives due prominence to the role of charities and the essential contribution that they make in communities across the country."

"Many charities remain wary of politics and government and we are still waiting to see a coherent debate emerge about the future of the voluntary sector.  Charities rely on government to create a positive climate in which they can operate and we hope that each party uses their manifesto to explain to charities how their plans would help create a thriving civil society."


Editors Notes

1.  Online survey conducted by CAF between 19 May and 8 April comprising 334 interviews with individuals working in charities or not-for-profit organisations.  Around seven in ten respondents were in CEO, Finance or Trustee roles with three-quarters working in charities with incomes of £500,000 or less.

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