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Smoke and Mirrors

Over the past few weeks the charity sector has been drawn into the debate about government proposals to limit potential charity ‘lobbying’ by inserting clauses into grant offer letters. NCVO has recently written a letter to the Prime Minister countersigned by charity...

Trust in democracy: the solutions are local

Our latest research Trust in Democracy: how community groups bridge the gap between people and politics, demonstrates how the community sector can improve grassroots engagement with politics. The report identifies some concerning issues about how trust in national...

How can we rebuild trust in democracy?

The recent general election saw the highest turnout since 1997, yet one in three people still chose not to vote. On Monday 1 June, we published research that found that only 25% of people trust Parliament, yet 50% trust the overall democratic process. Interestingly,...

Empowering communities to prosper

Last week, the New Weather Institute – a co-operative think tank – launched its book ‘People Powered Prosperity’. It sets out a narrative for very local economics, based on local financial and enterprise institutions. It is an important intervention that kickstarts a...

Headlines from party conferences

Over the past three weeks, CDF has had a presence at the party conferences of the three main parties: Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Whilst it would be impossible to summarise everything that was talked about, here are the three key things that I wanted...