CFG and the Coalition


At the 2011 CFG Annual Conference, the closing session was a panel discussion chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO, NCVO.  On the panel were Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society; Sam Younger, CEO, Charity Commission and Kevin Carey, Chair, RNIB.

Unfortunately Nick Hurd could not make the panel discussion but has responded to questions put forward to him after the conference.  You can read a copy of Nick Hurd's Q&A here.


CFG has responded to a number of Cabinet Office consultations relating to the Big Society agenda.  You can keep up to date with Government consultations in the Have your say section of the website

Giving Green Paper 
Consultation document and CFG's response

Modernising Commissioning Green Paper 
Consultation document and CFG's response

Building A Stronger Civil Society 
Building a Stronger Civil Society - Strategy document 
Supporting a Stronger Civil Society - Consultation document
CFG's response


On 13th May 2010, CFG wrote to the newly elected Coalition Government outlining the key points in our election manifesto.

Shortly after being announced as Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP spoke at a special post-election CFG Members' meeting.  Also speaking at the panel was Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO and Patrick Butler, Editor of the Society Guardian.

CFG letter to the Coalition Government 
Q&A - Post-election meeting


Prior to the General Election CFG produced a manifesto in consultation with members.  The CFG manifesto calls for:

  • Proportionate, effective regulation
  • The opportunity to deliver innovative public services
  • A tax system that recognises how charities operate and does not unduly penalise them
  • The development of a social investment wholesale bank.

CFG Election Manifesto:  A Level Playing Field (full version)

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