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Margaret Thatcher and the Voluntary Sector

Today sees the ceremonial funeral of Margaret Thatcher. The past week has seen plenty of discussion, essentially about how she was both phenomenal and phenomenally divisive figure in British politics, and there is little merit in rehashing those arguments and assessments … Continue reading

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Can student lawyer volunteers plug the legal aid gaps?

A recent Guardian article highlighted how university law centres will become ever more important in the light of the cuts that will result from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Lawyers have always offered some form … Continue reading

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Is it charity if you charge?

I gave a seminar at Glasgow Caledonian University last week, which gave me a chance to return to some of my doctoral research into the voluntary hospitals that provided around one-third of Britain’s hospital beds before they were nationalised in … Continue reading

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Feature: 2012 – Another Grim Year for Voluntary Action

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Last year, VAHS founder Colin Rochester and voluntary sector researcher Meta Zimmeck wrote a review of 2011, suggesting hard times might prompt a return to core values. For our January feature they review 2012 and recall a timely yet forgotten report from twenty years ago. … Continue reading

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Charity History and the Big Picture

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Kate Bradley, University of Kent When researching voluntary action, our primary unit of analysis is often – if not always – a particular charity or group of charities. There are good reasons for this. Most obviously, there is the value in … Continue reading

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