Government must step away from charitable sector January 22nd, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Government must step away from charitable sector UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today called on the Government to “step away” and allow charities and the voluntary sector to speak out and campaign on behalf of the people they serve. Karen Jennings, Assistant General Secretary, said: “The Government must step away and stop any interference in the vital role that charities play in speaking out and campaigning on behalf of the vulnerable people they serve. We are witnessing a dangerous move towards neutering their role and making them indistinguishable from private companies bidding for public sector contracts. “Charities are too afraid to rock the boat and risk losing much needed funding. Instead of relying on grants they must compete for public sector contracts, opening the door to a more commercial mindset. This compromises their advocacy and campaigning role because they risk losing contracts if they criticise public sector commissioners. “Charities have a unique role and must be free from Government interference, free, to expose bad practice and free to make their voices heard. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. www.callots.co.uk Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!