Third Sector Review final report

Last week the Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and HM Treasury published the final report from the Third Sector Review. The Review is an unprecedented look into the role of the VCS, what it is and how to support it. It is also part of the biggest ever consultation with the sector. It represents the culmination of increased government interest and recognition of the VCS over the past few years which lead to the creation of the Office of the Third Sector last year. Interestingly, the review demonstrates a shift to recognising the role and importance of campaigning as well as service delivery. However, it remains to be seen if the rhetoric of the review will be translated into reality and real action.

The review is also part of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) process which examines future priorities and allocations for all government spending.

Key points of the review:

  • Enabling voice and campaigning (invest in capacity-building support for campaigning organisations, update guidance on political activities and campaigning by charities)
  • Strengthening communities (endowments for community foundations, community asset development)
  • Transforming public services
  • Encouraging social enterprise (raising awareness, including in schools)
  • Supporting the environment for a healthy third sector (third sector research centre, further work on sector skills development)

Read a summary of the key announcements

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