Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has found that more than six in ten people still think it is morally right for the UK to help developing countries, despite severe austerity measures. However, 64 per cent think poverty at home is the priority. The IDS surveyed around 2,500 consumers.

WaterAid has created an installation in Trafalgar Square using 167 spades to symbolise the number of children in the developing world who die every hour from diarrhoea. The installation was erected on 8 September for WaterAid's Dig Toilets Not Graves drive.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is running a competition with Mosaic Films, BBC Storyville, STEPS International and Sheffield Doc/Fest to find filmmakers who can produce short films that explore poverty in the UK. The films will screen as part of BBC Storyville's Why Poverty? season.

Coalition MPs say charities will be 'more important' in the wake of the 2010 general election, according to a survey of 150 MPs. But nfpSynergy also found Liberal Democrat MPs were less effusive than Tories about the influence of the third sector. Some 72 per cent of Tory MPs - but only 30 per cent of Lib Dems - strongly agreed that charities would be more important to the new Government than the last.

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