Community Sector Coalition

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Community Sector Coalition (CSC) is a network of national community organisations working with communities in the UK. There are currently 30 members with a wider membership of approximately 70,000 organisations.[1]

Vision, mission and aims[edit]

CSC vision statement

  • For the community sector to be empowered, valued and active in local democracy

CSC mission statement

CSC aims

  • to campaign for policy change that will benefit the community sector
  • to deliver a programme of research and learning about the community sector
  • to enable members to share information and identify priorities for collective action

Community sector[edit]

The Coalition aims to promote the interests of the community sector (small informal community organizations) as distinct from the voluntary sector (larger, funded organisations).[2]

NCVO's Civil Society Almanac suggests that 600,000 out of the 870,000 civil society organisations listed are informal community groups.[3]

CSC's position is that government policy and funding arrangements have led to structural inequalities in the Voluntary and Community Sector, and that policy and funding has failed to connect with community groups. CSC say that "Those 833 very large charities, which are just 0.5% of all charities, have 55% of total charitable income. Compare this to the 72,900 very small charities with less than £10,000 (approx 50% of charities), that have just 0.5% of total charitable income."[4]


CSC say: "The Community Sector Coalition was established in 1994 by a group of Chief Executives of national umbrella organisations whose work focused on the community sector. They met to establish a Coalition of organisations that wanted to champion the unique contribution that the community sector makes to society.

Since 1994 the Coalition has met regularly to share information, network, develop joint projects and respond collectively to Government policy. The added value that is generated through members working together ensures that resources are used more effectively across organisational boundaries and that a stronger, unified voice campaigns on issues vital to the sector." [5]

In the news[edit]

In 2009, the Coalition criticised the Compact for the voluntary sector for being aimed at "third sector subcontracting organisations" and neglecting community organisations which are "the majority of the sector".[6][7]

In March 2010, the CSC released a policy position 'Unleashing the Potential', which called attention to the failure of policy to connect with local groups, the income inequality in the Voluntary and Community Sector, and the untapped value of community organisation.[8]

In late 2010, the Coalition was criticised for hosting a meeting of community development workers at which the Big Society was described as a "sham".[9][10]

Current members[edit]


  1. ^ "Community Sector Coalition (CSC) | National Council for Voluntary Organisations". Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  2. ^ "The environment of the Community Sector" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Temporarily Unavailable". Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  5. ^ "Temporarily Unavailable". Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Revised Compact 'neglects community organisations'". Third Sector. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  7. ^ [2] Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Temporarily Unavailable" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  9. ^ Simon Cooke (2010-12-08). "The View from Cullingworth: Don't believe everything the "Community Sector Coalition" tell you - especially when its members don't do much community work!". Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Cats among pigeons at CSC". Independent Action. 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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