Charities should not be agents of the state – and this politically manic autumn is no time to be timid, whatever the cost
Earlier this summer, I decided to stand down as chair of the National Association of Voluntary and Community Action (Navca). I felt I could no longer stay in a post where I could not speak openly about the hardship being inflicted across the country.
I was elected to the post last autumn by members of Navca, which supports thousands of local charities and communities and provides a vital voice for local groups, and had been visiting and talking to members since the start of 2019. I was consistently impressed by the commitment and impact of these organisations.