News

Lobby Bill - some good wins but a final push now crucial

9 Jan 2014 Lisa McElherronPolicyLobbying Bill

Voluntary and community organisations have gained some important concessions on the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill.

Charities Reliant on More Than One Signatory for Payments, Offered More Choice

9 Jan 2014 Shauna O'NeillGovernance and Charity AdviceFinance

From the New Year, thanks to a collaborative project led by the Payments Council, businesses, small clubs and societies that authorise their payments using more than one signatory will have greater choice.

Final CLP Participants Graduate from University of Ulster

23 Dec 2013 Sandra BailieCLP

Participants from the final year of the Community Leadership Programme graduated with a Certificate in Management Practice from the University of Ulster on 19 December 2013.

Celebrating Accreditation Success

9 Dec 2013 Sandra BailieTraining and Skills DevelopmentTraining

NICVA’s Skills Development Unit held its biannual Presentation of Certificates Ceremony on Thursday, 28 November to recognise the achievement of participants on its accredited courses.

Sector Groups Meet with Finance Minister

3 Dec 2013 Lisa McElherronPolicy, Public Sector ReformPublic Sector Reform, Public Service Delivery

Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance and Personnel met with representatives of the voluntary and community sector at NICVA on Thursday, 21 November.

Free and Low Cost Technology Event

2 Dec 2013 Ian KellyICT, CommunicationsTechnology

On 29 November NICVA held an event to highlight the availability of free and low cost technology to our members.

NICVA's 75th Annual General Meeting

20 Nov 2013 Elizabeth HendronNo Topics

Marie Cavanagh, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 75th AGM on 15 November 2013.

Young People Giving More to Charity

20 Nov 2013 Elizabeth HendronFundraising, ResearchFundraising

Donations to charity from 16-24 year olds have more than doubled from 2011, up by over £5.00 per year, according to NICVA’s 2013 survey into individual giving in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Peers “must act” to defeat lobby bill

17 Oct 2013 Elizabeth HendronPolicy, Public Affairs ForumLobbying Bill

Charities in Northern Ireland have called on Peers in the House of Lords to radically change or vote down the controversial lobbying bill.

NICVA meets Minister on Welfare Reform

1 Oct 2013 Elizabeth HendronWelfare Reform, PolicyWelfare Reform, Policy

Following a meeting with DSD Minister Nelson McCausland to discuss the recent report which showed that Northern Ireland is set to be hit harder by welfare reform than any other part of the UK, NICVA has written to OFMdFM to request an update.

Auto Enrolment Pensions Update

12 Sep 2013 Una McKernanPensions, Employing People

For those who missed our seminar on auto enrolment, see below some key facts and some contact information to get you started.

DFP Rate Rebate Consultation

10 Sep 2013 PolicyRates, Policy

NICVA recently ran a consultation event on rating. Changes happening to the rates support element of Housing Benefit, known as the rate rebate element of Housing Benefit.

NI MPs vote against the lobbying Bill and House of Commons Committee calls for it to be withdrawn

5 Sep 2013 Lisa McElherronPublic Affairs ForumLobbying Bill

Northern Ireland MPs united in their opposition to the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill when it was debated in Westminster on 2 September.

NICVA Urges Organisations to Contact MPs on Lobbying Bill Proposals

30 Aug 2013 Lisa McElherronPolicy, Public Affairs ForumLobbying Bill

NICVA is concerned that the UK Government is pushing through a Bill with undue haste, which if passed could curtail essential and longstanding freedoms.

Transparency of Lobbying Bill - a threat the sector's independent voice

27 Aug 2013 Lisa McElherronPolicy, Public Affairs ForumLobbying Bill

Seamus McAleavey has written to all NI Members of Parliament to express concerns at proposals contained in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.  

Welfare Reform Bill update

20 Aug 2013 Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare Reform

The Social Security Agency (SSA) has recently released news on the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill (NI) 2012 through the NI Assembly.

NICVA Statement on Shankill Lurgan Community Projects - Lurgan Foyer

15 Aug 2013 Elizabeth HendronNo Topics

NICVA is very concerned about how the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has treated Shankill Lurgan Community Projects.

2013 Annual Report on the Concordat

4 Jul 2013 Joint ForumJoint Forum

The Minister for Social Development recently launched the second annual report on the Concordat between the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Northern Ireland Government.

Cutting red tape and bureaucracy – another step forward

24 Jun 2013 Lisa McElherronPolicyBureaucracy

Another major milestone in the drive to cut excessive bureaucracy in government funding to the voluntary and community sector has been reached with the publication of a new report, Addressing Bureaucracy.

Reflections on G8

17 Jun 2013 Lisa McElherronPeace Process

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey contributed an article to the official publication distributed to delegates and members of the international press attending the G8 meeting in Co Fermanagh.

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