Earlier today, the JLC hosted the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, at a roundtable discussion with the Chief Executives of a number of major Jewish charities. The meeting took place at the Jewish Care Wohl Campus in Golders Green.
The Minister spoke about the Government’s current plans to continue to create space for civil society and seek advice and input from the Jewish Voluntary Sector on these matters. Community representatives set out a series of concerns and issues around the implementation of the Equalities Act (2010), the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS), and the National Citizen Service programme. Discussions focused upon the challenges faced by communal charities in balancing the desire to work to help wider society whilst at the same time providing services for the Jewish community.
Nick Hurd MP said:
Thank you to the Jewish Leadership Council for hosting this interesting discussion on the opportunities and challenges they are facing at this time. The Government wants to make it easier and more compelling for people to give to their community and easier for the voluntary sector to set up and run voluntary organisations and deliver public services. I valued this opportunity to talk through our plans with the JLC and to hear from those on the frontline in the Jewish Community about how we can help.
Jeremy Newmark, JLC Chief Executive said:
Against the backdrop of the increasingly difficult regulatory environment for faith based charities, coupled with drops in voluntary donations and the impact of the spending review, major communal charities are working hard to play their part in delivering the Big Society Agenda. It was important for the Minister to hear about these challenges from those in the front line of delivering services to our community. We particularly welcomed his offers of assistance around Equality Act issues and the implementation of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.