Voluntary Sector Independence
This is the first publication of the new Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, which has been established by the Baring Foundation to consider the state of independence of the sector over the next five years. The Panel will be looking closely at the evidence in order to shed light on this important issue and make recommendations. This consultation document defines independence, explains why it is so important and flags up issues that have already been raised as concerns. These include the potential negative impact of government commissioning and funding arrangements, as voluntary sector bodies deliver more services, and the effect of recent cuts in government support for voluntary sector bodies.