Category Archives: 8 Joining things up

Have your say! Action to boost support for civil society and cut council red tape

The Department of Communities and Local Government is consulting on new Best Value guidance, which sets out some reasonable expectations on the way best value authorities (which include local authorities) should work with voluntary and community groups when facing difficult funding decisions. Under the duty of best value, the guidance says that authorities should consider overall value, including [...]

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Announcement of London 2012 Inspiring Sustainable Living projects

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary visited the View Tube (a social enterprise and community venue) on 28 March and announced the successful recipients of the £800,000 Olympics Inspiring Sustainable Living grant. Using the Olympic Games as inspiration, the Inspiring Sustainable Living grants will help local community groups develop practical and achievable ways for residents to [...]

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Free Parliament workshop on energy and the green economy

The Houses of Parliament is holding a free workshop for groups and organisations interested in issues relating to energy and the green economy, on how to engage with Parliament’s scrutiny of legislation. The workshop is free to attend and open to any individual or organisation with an interest in energy and the green economy.  The [...]

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SDC report published: the Future is Local

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has finalised an in-depth study into improving the sustainability of existing neighbourhoods and has published the report “The Future is Local: Empowering communities to improve their neighbourhoods”. The report is the culmination of a year’s work, reviewing over 80 inspirational case studies; working with 50 experts from the fields of [...]

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Help “grow your own” local services

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government to support a wide range of activitites in rural areas. The Community And Social Enterprise fund is a £7m funding stream within the RDPE to support voluntary and community organisations to become more self-financing and sustainable through the [...]

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State of the countryside 2010 report now available for download

The Commission for Rural Communities has today published the ‘State of the Countryside 2010′ report.  The report provides an up to date picture of rural England, with evidence of the circumstances of people living and working in rural areas drawn from analysis using the latest official statistics. From the website: The report provides a comprehensive [...]

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Goodbye and good luck Simon!

Many of you will have come to know Simon Berry, leader of Defra’s Third Sector Team, through this blog over the last year and a bit. Well all good things must come to end and, sadly for us, Simon is leaving Defra to pursue an exciting new challenge. Simon joined Defra in October 2008 on [...]

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How Defra is supporting the Low Carbon Communities Challenge

[Guest post by Harriet Festing, Deputy Head, community-led policy making, Department of Energy and Climate Change]  Over the winter, Grassroots third sector organisations participating in the “UK’s largest citizen-led trial on sustainable living” were given £100,000 from Defra to deliver their citizen engagement plans.  The funding is Defra’s contribution to a cross-government initiative: the Low Carbon [...]

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Funding avaliable for third sector organisations: to inspire sustainable living using the Olympic and Paralympic Games as inspiration.

Defra has today launched a Third Sector Fund to Inspire Sustainable Living using the Olympic and Paralympic Games.   The funding will be available to third sector led projects, that will use the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire Sustainable Living, specifically in the areas of: Active travel (walking and cycling more); Sustainable consumption – [...]

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New business opportunities in waste and resource management.

On 16 March Hilary Benn announced a new report, entitled “Less is More: Business Opportunities in Waste and Resource Management’.  The report can be downloaded from Defra’s waste and recycling pages.  The report has been produced  jointly between Defra and the Department for Business working with the waste management sector and industry more widely. The [...]

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