Tag Archives: big society

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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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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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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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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Waterwise’s White Paper published.

Firstly let me apologise for the hiatus in blog posts.  Hopefully we are now back on track for at least a post each day. Waterwise, who is one of Defra’s Greener Living Fund partners, has published its White Paper for the Coalition Government. The White Paper is focused on mainstreaming water efficiency.  In it Waterwise sets [...]

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