Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Asheem Singh, Director of Public Policy at ACEVO said:
“Today’s Queen’s Speech set out a promising programme, building on its electoral mandate and getting started with further devolution and public service reform. We support the Government’s ‘northern powerhouse’ agenda and the emphasis on further devolution to cities outside London. We will campaign through ACEVO North in those localities to ensure that the third sector is included at the top table in future conversations.
“We will keep an eye on some other Bills. The new Housing Bill is a potential threat to Housing Associations’ assets. The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill has been through pre-legislative scrutiny but we have doubts about the number of safeguards it will include on the Charity Commission’s new powers. And we will work with the government to ensure that the new Extremism Bill does not obstruct the vital work of charities operating in the UK and overseas, whose operations are already made harder by asset freezes and other regulation.
“The Prime Minister is seeking to define a ‘One Nation’ Conservatism for the 21st century. He should know that a legislative programme by itself won’t get us there – it is how the government works with charities, campaign groups and social enterprises that will demonstrate his commitment to a stronger society. Ministers and officials must now show similar enthusiasm.”