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Government report outlines priorities for supporting charities - 29 August 2012

The government has announced plans to improve the technological capability of the charity sector, and new initiatives to support volunteer infrastructure.

The plans are included in a new report outlining the progress the Office for Civil Society has made in cutting red tape and improving support for the civil society sector, and its priorities over the coming months.

The report, entitled, Making it easier to set up and run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation: progress update, says a key government priority will be to help the civil society sector exploit technology and digital media.

Recently-lauched charity GoOn UK is carrying out research into the digital capability needs of charities and working toward a national action plan this autumn. The Charity Technology Trust will be among the partners that will help to deliver this.

Another government priority outlined in the report is support for volunteer infrastructure. It outlines plans for Nesta to use funding from its £10m innovation in giving fund to support innovation in volunteer infrastructure. Nesta will be running the programme in partnership with Volunteering England.

The report says that government successes in cutting red tape for the sector include reducing the number of criminal records checks. The government is seeking views on cutting red tape to the sector as part of its Red Tape Challenge which will be open until mid-September.

You can download the full report from the Cabinet Office website.

Source: http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/