Sector responses to the Queen's Speech

Excerpt from From Chris Walker's, Senior External Relations Officer - NCVO, blog

"Brexit is not the only thing for charities ... Aside from Brexit, several bills and non-legislative measures will be of interest to charities. Measures on domestic abuse, mental health and the gender pay gap could provide the government with an opportunity to demonstrate an agenda beyond Brexit, and for charities to make sure their voice is heard."

A response to the Queen's Speech by  Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVC

“Many in the local voluntary sector will be concerned  about what is missing from the Queen’s speech rather than what’s in it. As a society we have major issues to address around inequality and community cohesion. We also face an unprecedented squeeze on the services that local communities rely on such as health and education. Many of our public services are at breaking point and it is local charities that are rooted in local communities to which people turn. There is nothing in this Queen’s speech for them, it is a wasted the opportunity to confront the real issues facing communities across the country.”

“Many warned that Brexit would all consuming for the Government, and so it is proving. It appears the interests local charities and the people and local communities they serve are being pushed into the background.”

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