The Wheel welcomes first step towards a national strategy for the charity sector

The Wheel today welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Housing, Community, Planning & Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, signalling the start of a process to develop a national strategy for the community, voluntary and charity sector.
Minister Coveney, yesterday (Wednesday) addressed the National Forum to Develop a Framework Policy for Local & Community Development at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.  The aim of the event was to progress a plan for the implementation of the Framework Policy for Local and Community Development in Ireland. The Wheel welcomes Minister Coveney’s statement that "The [implementation] plan will contribute to the Programme for Government commitment to produce a coherent policy framework and develop a strategy to support the community and voluntary sector and encourage a cooperative approach between public bodies and the community and voluntary sector."
Commenting on the announcement, Ivan Cooper Director of Public Policy at The Wheel said: “The Wheel looks forward to further participating in shaping the implementation plan, and working with Minister Coveney and his officials on the detail of the process and timelines for the production of the strategy to support the community and voluntary sector committed to in the Programme for Government - to which the Local and Community Development Plan is a welcome contribution.”
As the national representative body for the community, voluntary and charity sector, The Wheel, has campaigned for a coherent national policy framework of the sector. A commitment to develop such a framework and a national strategy was included in the Programme for Government, along with the following relevant commitments:
  • “We will increase funding levels to support the sector, and develop a multi-annual funding model that focuses on quality, effectiveness and efficiency.”
  • “We will ensure that all commissioning for human, social and community services takes place in a societal value framework (targeted at maximising the value for society).”
The Wheel has committed to working with Government to progress all of these objectives.