Charities and voluntary organisations in Wyre Forest do a great job supporting our community. Yet I know from talking to volunteer and charity staff that things are getting harder not easier under this government.
As people struggle to get by under David Cameron their reliance on voluntary organisations is growing – as many are called on to plug the gaps caused by this Tory led government.
At the same time we’ve seen an unprecedented attack on the sector from Ministers stinging from the criticism they’ve received from charities campaigning for the vulnerable. The Lobbying Act and changes to judicial review have tried to gag charities standing up for the people they represent.
Charities in Wyre Forest play a vital role here offering opportunities for people to volunteer, learn new skills or gain confidence, feel supported and valued.
Today Labour’s Lisa Nandy MP has announced a new compact for the voluntary sector. The result of big consultation over the last six months we’ve been listening to the concerns and ideas that charities have to put them on a firmer footing.
Labour’s new approach is good news for people and organisations here. We’ll protect and enhance the voice of charity by repealing the lobbying act and giving the sector a seat at the table when local decisions are taken. We’ll support the people who make charities a success by helping more people to volunteer by removing the barriers they face.
David Cameron came to office hailing the Big Society. But after four years we’ve learnt his vision was a sham. Labour’s plans to renew our partnership with the voluntary sector will support it to flourish.