Category Archives: Politics

Prison and probation: Should charity have a role in criminal justice?

The Coalition Government’s announcement of plans to contract out probation services to the private and voluntary sectors last week represents another shift in the ‘moving frontier’ between state and voluntary action.  It is likely to fuel debates about the implications of policies … Continue reading

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Miliband and humanitarian independence

Thanks to ongoing online and offline commentary, the dust has not settled on David Miliband’s announcement that he is leaving electoral politics to join the International Rescue Committee (IRC). One highly critical take by Michiel Hofman of Médecins sans Frontières … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Big Society

There was an echo of an almost forgotten political slogan at the final Prime Minister’s Questions of 2012. Ed Miliband raised the question of food banks (6 minutes into the video above). David Cameron responded, rather unsuccessfully, by recognising ‘volunteers … 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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Are the Olympics worth it?

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Peter Grant, Cass Business School, City University Because of my past life working in sport, I’ve recently fielded a lot of media enquiries at the Business School in relation to the London Games. The majority of journalists want to ask … Continue reading

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