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THE UK TRUSTEE WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW

THE UK TRUSTEE WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW

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Welcome to the first edition of the UK Trustee Review. Our mission, at UK Trustee, is to provide quality, insightful and bias-free information to Third Sector trustees, managers and coordinators. We believe that quality information can change outcomes and ignite positive thinking. This is why we created the UK Trustee Weekly Review in the first place, to become a catalyst for the awareness of wider debates and ideas within the sector. We think that it's important for charity trustees and managers to keep up-to-date with the latest research from think tanks, trade unions, trade associations, Government departments and agencies along with the latest news reportage in order to maintain a competitive 'edge' within a fast-changing sector. Therefore we hope you find our service a useful and important tool within your organisation. Why not forward it to all your trustees, departmental managers, executive directors or front-line staff?

Welcome to the first edition of the UK Trustee Review. Our mission, at UK Trustee, is to provide quality, insightful and bias-free information to Third Sector trustees, managers and coordinators. We believe that quality information can change outcomes and ignite positive thinking. This is why we created the UK Trustee Weekly Review in the first place, to become a catalyst for the awareness of wider debates and ideas within the sector. We think that it's important for charity trustees and managers to keep up-to-date with the latest research from think tanks, trade unions, trade associations, Government departments and agencies along with the latest news reportage in order to maintain a competitive 'edge' within a fast-changing sector. Therefore we hope you find our service a useful and important tool within your organisation. Why not forward it to all your trustees, departmental managers, executive directors or front-line staff?

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THE WEEKLY REVIEW  
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THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2013  
 
THE WEEKLY REVIEW
 
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Volunteering and the Third Sector 
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THE WEEKLY REVIEW  
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THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2013  
 
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The Week That Was 
Welcome to the first edition of the UK Trustee Review
. Our mission, at UK Trustee, is to provide quality,insightful and bias-free information to Third Sector trustees, managers and coordinators. We believethat quality information can change outcomes and ignite positive thinking. This is why we createdthe UK Trustee Weekly Review in the first place, to become a catalyst for the awareness of wider debates and ideas within the sector. We think that it's important for charity trustees and managersto keep up-to-date with the latest research from think tanks, trade unions, trade associations,Government departments and agencies along with the latest news reportage in order to maintaina competitive 'edge' within a fast-changing sector. Therefore we hope you find our service a usefuland important tool within your organisation.
Why not forward it to all your trustees, departmentalmanagers, executive directors or front-line staff?
This week has seen Cait Reilly back in the headlines over the Work programme, two major surveyspublished
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by the ONS and Cabinet Office - indicate that volunteerism is on the increase in the UK,questions have been asked about the Third Sector having one public voice with policy-makers?And finally a lot more on technology, training seminars and the UK Third Sector as a whole.
 From the UK Trustee TeamThursday 14
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THE WEEKLY REVIEW  
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THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2013  
 
Governance &Management News 
LABOUR MARKET DATA SHOWSVOLUNARTY SECTOR CHANGES
The Office of National Statisticspublished January's Labour Market Statistics,availablehere,which highlighted themake-up of the UK third sector in employment terms.The Third Sector ResearchCentre claim the statistics
"reveal [that] the voluntary sector's paid workforce areincreasingly made up of temporary employees; [with]growing numbers of peopleunable to work the hours theywould like, and fewer staff benefiting from on-the-jobtraining." 
The TSRC claims that
"the number of paid employeesin the voluntary sector [has]increased by approximately18,000 over July to September 2012... However, the latest LFS(Labour Force Survey) findingsalso reveal more insecureforms of employment [exist] inthe sector, with higher levels of  part-time work and lower levelsof permanent employment than in other sectors." 
 Third Sector Magazine cites theLFS data and argues that
"analysis of the Labour Force Survey by the Office of National Statistics reveals there were793,000 employees in the sector. The number of voluntary sector workers rose by almost 10 per cent." 
 
Third Sector 
claimsthat the sector workforce grewby 18,000 compared to theprevious quarter.
Third Sector 
 also highlighted the increase inpart time employment byarguing that
"37 per cent of [the] voluntary sector workforcewas employed on a part-timebasis - a higher proportion thanin either the public or private sectors... The voluntary sector [also] relied [on] moretemporary staff than other  sectors: 88 per cent of voluntary sector employeeswere on permanent contractscompared with 92 per cent inthe public sector and 94 per cent in the private sector." 
 
Third Sector 
reported that
"staff development has also suffereda hit, according to the figures,because the number of employees undertakingtraining in the four weeksleading up to the survey fell by11,000, or 8 per cent,compared with the previousquarter." 
Third Sector quotes Sir Stuart Etherington, head of theNational Council for VoluntaryOrganisations who said that
"investing in staff development can seem like a luxury whentime and money are tight, but it's crucial to keep staff engaged and deliver the best  services, and it needn't beexpensive. Taking onlinecourses, joining networks,doing job swaps and allowing staff time to volunteer can allhelp develop skills and bringnew ideas to an organisation.
"Charity Times claims thefindings indicated that
"thenumber of employees working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job has alsoincreased over this period... Thenumber of these employeesworking part-time becausethey could not find a full-time job increased by 15,000 (36 per cent) over the same period." 
 
WIKIMEDIA UK TRUSTEES PLUGEXTERNAL INTERESTS ON NOT-FOR-PROFIT WIKIPEDIA SITE
According toCivil Society 
"anindependent review into thegovernance of Wikimedia UK has found that trustees havebeen too involved in the day-to-day running of the charity toeffectively govern it." 
Thearticle is a response to the jointly commissioned workinggroup
Compass Partnership between Wikimedia UK and theWikimedia Foundation toundertake a review of the UK chapter after a series of concerns over conflicts of interest." 
Published this week,the findings outline that
"thecharity was not effectivelymanaging its conflicts of interest. Despite trustees'usually' reporting conflicts theywere not always clearly recorded. The length of timetaken to resolve the QRPedia property ownership(Smartphone Barcode Softwareintellectual property dispute)issue, which remains ongoingwith the project inactive,'created the risk of outsiders perceiving a potential conflict of interest... The report statedthat "the charity's governance requires a 'different' mindset tothat of a Wikimedia UK volunteer and advised of theimportance to 'stand back from some of the detail'." 
THIRD SECTOR LEADERSHIP: ISTHERE ONE VOICE FOR THESECTOR?
TheThird Sector ResearchCentre again made headlinesthis week by publishing adiscussion paper: entitled
which
"takes a seriouslook at possible futures for thethird sector." 
The paper discusses
"continuing tensionsbetween delivering services for and advocating on behalf of vulnerable groups, alongsideboth collaboration and growingcompetition between third sector organisations. Giventhese tensions, how could or  should a strategic andcoherent voice for the third sector materialise?" 
The paper raises
"questions of leadership,legitimacy and leverage todebate who can or should speak for the third sector andon what basis." 
According toCivil Society the published report argues that
"the voluntary sector is toodiverse to unite behind a singlevoice, and so leadership is

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