Tag Archives: SD Scene

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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Consultation: moving inland waterways into a new charity in England and Wales

Have your say!  Defra launched a consultation yesterday seeking views on how, in future, the inland waterways in England & Wales could be run.  They are currently managed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  The consultation sets out the rationale for moving these waterways out of the public [...]

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Do you want to help inform Defra’s policy making?

We are recruiting for four positions on Defra’s Civil Society Advisory Board.  This opportunity is open to anybody with a strong understanding of civil society and its interface with Government.  The board meets quarterly.  Applicants will join the Board in a personal capacity. We are seeking applications from people able to provide authoritative, high-level advice [...]

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Francis Maude launches Pathfinder mutuals

The first wave of Pathfinder mutuals have been launched by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.  The Pathfinders will be run by entrepreneurial public sector staff, who will take over delivery of their services.  As part of the Government’s commitment to support the innovation and entrepreneurialism of front line staff, twelve fledgling public service [...]

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Greenprint to 2050

[This is a guest post from Trewin Restorick from Global Action Plan.  Trewin is a member of the Defra Civil Society Advisory Board] Climate Squad, now 1 year old, is embarking on a new adventure that will outline the steps youth want to take for a low carbon 2050 – empowering them to take charge and [...]

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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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Consultation on new DFID fund for UK civil society organisations

A new fund that will benefit a range of small to large UK based civil society organisations will be launched by DFID this year.  The objective is to support poverty-fighting groups who focus on delivering the Millennium Development Goals – targets to improve the lives of the world’s poorest, adopted in 2001.  As part of [...]

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Have your say: embracing the contribution and needs of rural communities in Big Society

At a time when organisations and individuals are encouraged to have greater involvement in the running of public services as part of the Government’s Big Society initiative, there are concerns that many organisations are experiencing or facing funding cuts including in rural England. The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) would like to hear your views and [...]

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Wildlife and Countryside Link informs Defra’s spending decisions

The Wildlife and Countryside Link have produced a paper which sets out the Link’s thoughts on how Defra might be able to reduce its budget whilst supporting the key aims outlined in the coalition programme. The paper covers the following topics: Principles for decision making; Front line services which need to be protected; Different ways [...]

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Big Society can help tackle ragwort risk

Tackling Common Ragwort can be a practical example of the Big Society in action says Agriculture Minister Jim Paice.  With the Common Ragwort season in full bloom, Mr Paice is calling on landowners, local groups and nature-lovers to work together to help control the toxic weed.  Mr Paice said: This little flower may look like [...]

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