Intiated and funded by the Baring Foundation, the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector published its report in January 2012.
The report identifies statutory funding, and the way that public services are commissioned, as the source of much current concern. But that is only one of the six challenges identified. The others are: an inability for the sector to influence design, delivery and funding models; the increasing blurring of boundaries between private, public and voluntary sectors; the risk of self-censorship and challenges to the sector’s independence of voice; the pressures on independent governance; and the need for regulations and safeguards that protect, and do not hinder, independence.
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