Category Archives: Politics

Big Society and the ‘new austerity’

Last month the new economics foundation published its report on Surviving Austerity. Since the Coalition took office they have been following the impact of its welfare reforms and public sector cuts in the poorest parts of Birmingham and London, and these … Continue reading

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Credit Unions and the Church of England

Historian Pat Starkey offers some context to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention into the payday loans debate. The initial impact of the archbishop of Canterbury’s attack on payday loan companies and their excessive interest rates has been overshadowed by the … Continue reading

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Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times or New Opportunities?

Later this month the Policy Press will publish a new book by Dr Linda Milbourne of Birkbeck, University of London entitled Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times of New Opportunities? Ahead of its publication, she shares a few thoughts with … Continue reading

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Charity, Racism and War

Since the Woolwich murder, there have been worrying scenes and disturbances as the English Defence League has sought to become associated with Help the Heroes. Such political difficulties and controversies are nothing new to the voluntary sector. Offering some historical … Continue reading

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Social Investing and the International Context

Here on the VAHS Forum, we tend to focus on the voluntary sector in Britain, past and present. But in this global age, what happens here can have a direct impact on other parts of the world, as Jon Weier writes … Continue reading

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