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Why do charities want a fourth term for Labour?

The sector wants another Labour government – not by a slim margin but by a massive one. That is the finding from the State of the Sector survey Third Sector carried out with research agency nfpSynergy.

These results do come with caveats; it’s a self-selected online survey for a start, but I doubt many would be shocked to find Labour is the sector’s party of choice.

What is surprising is the size of Labour’s lead over the Conservatives, given how unpopular Gordon Brown’s government is with the wider public.

The survey offered no insights into why this might be, but there are several possible explanations. One might be that those taking part found it hard to untangle their own political views when they answered, so the result reflects the bias of the sector’s employees.

Another might be that the Conservatives have not yet convinced the sector that it will be safe in their hands.

Finally, the result might reflect a view that public spending cuts are bad for the sector, which harms the Conservatives because they have talked more openly of reducing expenditure than Labour have done.

Whatever the reason, the finding does raise a couple of important questions.

First, just how in touch are charity employees with the UK as a whole, given the glaring difference between public opinion polls and our survey?

And, if they are out of step with the public, does it matter?

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  • Brian Craven

    Given Government’s massive support and financing of quango’s – including 3rd sector 2nd/3rd tier groups – it would be good to know how many respondents work on frontline delivery and how many do not?
    Problem is “your view depnds on, well, your view, dunnit?!”.
    How you see things – charities after the next election – depends on what will have greatest impact on your circumstances.
    For what it’s worth, my vote would go to any party (well, almost any) that gave charity money to frontline charities, on the one condition that 10% was levied to their 2nd tier/umbrella group/s of choice.
    That way we’d get the money where it matters, cut out the ridiculous levels of duplication, and get the real issues addressed.
    Will it happen? Don’t hold uyour breath!

  • mk mky

    J-OC,is as slick as a Time Share salesman on the Costa Del Crime,ask anyone in the WP (not just A4E) what do they actually provide such as training,retraining and the mysterious “Black Box Method” crawls out,question what is this? It is a new delivery approach to tailor to the individual a personal programme in order to help them gain employment.Great and this consists of what? We interview the “client” and find the appropriate help and guidance for them,And this would be? Based on the “clients “need.Do you have a list of Training available? It is against policy to provide a list.Even to the “client”……Supervisor enters…What is your problem? I would like to see what Training is available.Due to a Ministerial gagging order we are unable to discuss the WP,as this would breach our contract….The Emperors New Clothes, the provide less help than the Job Centre…(E-mail on file to back this up)

  • Karl Wilding

    Hi Richard,

    There are two approaches to this – either we stick our heads in the sand and hope the private sector goes away or attempt to engage in constructive dialogue and build partnerships that work for both sides, but most importantly for users.

    I think we’re doing the right thing with this guidance – we are not endorsing the prime-sub model, but simply saying that where government chooses this route then we want the sector to be treated fairly.

    We’ve consulted widely with NCVO members on this guidance and they have been overwhelmingly positive about us doing this. The guidance remains in draft form and we would welcome anyone (including you Richard) to submit your views. http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/networking-discussions/blogs/18683/12/05/21/ncvo-serco-building-code-practice-co-operation-public-se

    The guidance is not intended to water/down or replace the compact and we remain alert to the issues you touched on around blurring the lines between the sector and the profit making companies we might work with.

    As always, happy to discuss.

    Karl
    Head of Policy and Research, NCVO