According to www.thirdsector.co.uk, the civil society strategy, From Paternalism to Participation, published today says that:
Labour would increase grant funding to charities, allow trustees to take time off work and give local communities greater control over decisions, according to the party’s long-awaited civil society strategy.
The article also states that:
Labour pledges to reverse the decline in the number of community spaces. The document says the Conservative government has closed down 400 day centres, 500 public libraries, 600 youth centres and 1,000 children’s centres since it took power in 2010.
It goes on to say that:
Charity trustees would also receive equal status in law to that of school governors and councillors, allowing them to take time off to carry out their duties, the document says.
The document reiterates Labour’s commitment to repeal the controversial lobbying act, which the sector has argued stifles its ability to campaign freely.
It says instead that the act would be replaced with a Community Empowerment Charter that encourages civil society organisations to campaign.