Abstracts: October 18th, 2006

This report from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations calls on the vital relationship between voluntary and community organisations and local government to be strengthened. It recognises many of the recommendations in the LGA’s recent vision, ‘Closer to People and Places’, and highlights significant opportunities for local government and the voluntary and community sector to work together at both a local and national level.The report outlines key areas where voluntary and community organisations and local government must work together better. Partnership is essential and voluntary and community organisations should be involved in Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements. All local public bodies and all local partners, including voluntary and community organisations and local businesses, should be brought together to strategically plan for the future and be involved in developing sustainable community strategies.

New neighbourhood governance structures must involve and work alongside local voluntary and community groups. It is also essential that voluntary and community organisations are encouraged and enabled to work with local authorities at all stages of the design and commissioning process.

The report is available from: www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/transformation.