The government announces a public consultation on the revision of the political orientations of the Lottery
The government will open a public consultation on the future of the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) later this year.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the plan yesterday, as part of the government’s response to the civil society review by Danny Kruger.
The NLCF said it welcomes the decision. It is the country’s biggest funder and has given away £750million to charities in 2020-21, but it has also dealt with bullying allegations to the organism.
The government’s response rejected a number of Kruger’s other recommendations, such as the introduction of passports for volunteers and changes to charity registration rules, although it reiterated its support for reform purchases and improving data on the charitable sector.
Public consultation this year
The Kruger report, which was published almost 18 months ago, criticized the NLCF for working in “too many silos” and with “too little innovation”. It recommended that the government “rethink the purpose and the model” of the funder.
In response, DCMS said: “We plan to publicly review the Government’s new policy directions for the NLCF in 2022, to explore how to put even greater emphasis on investing in the places and people who matter most. need.”
DCMS was unable to provide further details on when this consultation will begin or how it will be conducted.
David Knott was named the new NLCF general manager in October. Knott had originally served as a political adviser to the NLCF, before leading the Civil Society Office within the DCMS.
Faiza Khan, Director of Engagement and Insight at NLCF, said: “Our goal is to help people and communities thrive and prosper.
“We received our latest policy guidance for the UK and England in 2012. We therefore welcome the government’s plans to consult publicly on the government’s new policy guidance in 2022 and the focus on good service to communities. . We welcome anything that supports this and adds to the impact of our National Lottery funding.
The government rejected Kruger’s suggestion to develop a voluntary passport system for the sector, arguing that “there is limited need or demand” for the process and warning that it could duplicate existing systems.
The DCMS response also said it would not act on Kruger’s recommendations for a day dedicated to celebrating local neighbors or planning reforms to support social infrastructure.
The government also rejected the suggestion of a new ‘probationary’ category for new charities, saying the Charities Bill currently before parliament aims to ‘remove[e] unnecessary bureaucracy” in the face of the sector.
Service and data design reform
Kruger had suggested new legislation to help communities question the design of their local services. The government has said it has no plans to introduce this legislation, but has pledged to pilot community pacts, through which councils and the public can ‘co-create a common approach to tackling challenges premises, improving places and improving public services”.
Kruger hailed the commitment on Twitter, calling it “people-led reform.”
V is pleased with the government’s response to my 2020 Leveling Up Our Communities report, released today – and the commitment in the Leveling Up white paper to ‘community engagements’. We need people-led reform, with power exercised by communities, not by distant bureaucracies. https://t.co/HKiOFKHQS8
— Danny Kruger (@danny__kruger) February 2, 2022
DCMS also agreed with Kruger on the importance of improving civil society data to help create what its report calls “a more distributed and less hierarchical social model.”
The government response states that DCMS is “undertaking a project to improve evidence and data. We are working with the sector to explore how to accurately estimate the economic, social and welfare contribution of nonprofit activity.
“The DCMS will work with the Office for National Statistics to collate economic data on the value of the social economy – a civil society ‘satellite account’ – so that our estimates more fully reflect the scope of the sector.”
Earlier this week, a former government adviser on charities said data on the charitable sector at the start of this legislature was so poor that “we couldn’t do anything about it”.
Editor’s note, February 3, 2022, 2:30 p.m. The title of this article has been changed to reflect the ongoing closer government review