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Election results and the voluntary sector - 7 May 2010

Opinion is divided as to whether a hung parliament will prove to be an opportunity or a damaging period of uncertainty for the voluntary sector.

Here are some of the comments so far:

Andrew Scadding, Thai Children's Trust stated that 'What will follow is a period of uncertainty and “uncertainty is bad for fundraising because people don’t know if they can afford to give to charity'.

Debra Allcock, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change warned that a hung parliament “could be a recipe for gridlock and delay” but also predicted that there 'There may also be new opportunities to influence.'.

Malcolm Hayday, chief executive of Charity Bank, warned that the possibility of another election in 12 months time casts doubt on the forthcoming public spending review.

Kim Sutton,director of the Foundation for Social Improvement noted a hung parliament would not necessarily be a disaster for the sector. 'We mustn’t be afraid of a hung parliament, indeed experiences of minority governments worldwide shows that these arrangements often lead to a more diverse legislative programme,' she said. Minority and coalition governments in New Zealand, she argued, have 'delivered strong social legislation that must be negotiated on the issues rather than party lines'.

Jackie Ballard, chief executive of RNID and a former Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton, predicted it would be Monday before any news emerged about any deals between the parties.

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The NCVO have produced a guide to a hung parliament.