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Published 17 January 2011

Voluntary sector concerns about public spending cuts were aired to the Prime

Minister on Wednesday at a round table meeting at No 10.

Organised by NCVO, the meeting enabled leading figures to discuss the cuts and ideas for reform directly with David Cameron and other senior government ministers at No 10.

Delegates told the PM where local authorities are making cuts that are having an adverse impact on charitable organisations, and discussed strategies to overcome the challenges and difficulties such reductions are causing. Also discussed were the problems the sector is experiencing due to VAT on shared services, the potential impact on civil society organisations of impending reforms to NHS commissioning and the sector's need for capital.

NCVO's chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, said: "This meeting let our members communicate directly to the Prime Minister and other government representatives the challenges and opportunities they face. We hope that the government will continue to listen and to act on the sector's views in the months ahead."

Mark Nayler

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