Monthly Archives: August 2010

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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Free support for community owned food businesses from Making Local Food Work

Making Local Food Work are currently offering free specialist support to any existing community-owned, local food businesses.  They are also offering a Skillshare service which gives peer to peer learning via mentoring or study visits.  The Making Local Food Work website provides more detail: Making Local Food Work can help community food enterprises across England [...]

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Defra responds to the public’s comments on the Coalition Programme

The Coalition: Our Programme for Government was opened to public comment on 20 May 2010.  Defra’s response to the public comments on the section on environment, food and rural affairs was published on 30 July 2010, and can be found half way down this page.  The three main areas commented on were hunting with dogs, [...]

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House of Lords call for evidence on behaviour change

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has appointed a sub-committee, chaired by Baroness Neuberger, to investigate the use of behaviour change interventions to achieve policy goals.  The call for evidence sets out the scope of the review and the opportunity for you to comment: As governments across the world attempt to meet [...]

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