A View from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Last August the government published its civil society strategy. One year on Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy and Public Services at NCVO, looks at what's happened, whether any progress has been made, and what effect Brexit and changes in ministers have had.
Since its publication last summer, we’ve seen changes in the ministers in charge of civil society policy, as well as a necessary focus on all the departments’ resources and capacity on preparing for Brexit, most urgently for the event of no deal. And politically, as of last month we have a new government in charge.
All this has inevitably meant that the impetus that was initially behind the strategy, as well as its ambitions of setting a roadmap for the future of civil society, has somewhat been lost along the way.
But has this really been noticed? Are charities up and down the country asking themselves ‘what is happening with the civil society strategy?’.