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New review to examine voluntary sector role in coronavirus recovery effort

The third sector think tank Pro Bono Economics is launching a commission to assess civic society’s role in Britain’s recovery from the coronavirus.

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society was announced over the weekend by Lord Gus O’Donnell, chair of Pro Bono Economics and a former head of the UK Civil Service, and Andy Haldane, co-founder of PBE and chief economist at the Bank of England. 

The pair hope the inclusive and evidence-led inquiry will generate ideas into how civil society could deliver on its potential in the 2020s.  

O’Donnell will chair the commission and will aim to appoint about another 15 commissioners that would draw on the expertise of leaders across politics, business, charity, philanthropy and academy. 

It will undertake new research into how to get the private sector, public sector and social sector firing on all cylinders to build truly inclusive growth. 

One element of the work will be to estimate the size and importance of volunteering in the economy and the lack of the inclusion of volunteering in gross domestic product, because the absence of monetary transactions involved often leave it ignored in public debate.

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