1. Charities are like fish and chip shops
Most charities are local. They serve their local community and run on a shoestring. Others are larger and can serve wider communities. This diversity of provision is a strength of the voluntary sector and reflects the organic and innovative nature of civil society. Sometimes politicians have ideas about the need for greater consolidation in the sector. Resist this. Charities must make their own decisions. Besides, no one suggests that a city would be best served by merging all the local chippies into one.