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Getting to grips with the election manifestos - 23 April 2010

Helpful resources to work out what the commitments from each of the main parties mean for the voluntary sector.

Labour commitments include:

  • putting the Commission for the Compact on a statutory footing, and ensure greater support for the Compact at local level.
  • plans for a National Youth Community Service, with the goal that all young people contribute at least 50 hours to their communities by the age of 19.

The Conservatives' commitments include:

  • a “right to bid” to run any community service instead of the state.
  • restoring the National Lottery to its original purpose, reducing administration costs, and ensuring that 100% of Big Lottery Fund goes directly to the voluntary and community sector.

The Liberal Democrats commitments include:

  • a commitment to protect free speech and the right to protest: they intend to reform the Public Order Act to safeguard lawful, non-violent protest.
  • reforming Gift Aid at a single rate composite of 23%. The manifesto says this would give “more money to charity while closing down a loophole for higher rate taxpayers".

The NCVO have produced a short breakdown for the voluntary and community sector.

For articles, click here for Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats.