Monthly Archives: July 2010

National Parks Week

This week (from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August) is National Parks Week! The wild open spaces of the UK’s National Parks have long inspired artists, musicians and writers and National Parks Week will celebrate some of these cultural heroes with a programme of fun filled events. There are all kinds of adventures to enjoy [...]

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How do you want England’s natural environment to look?

Defra has today launched a discussion document, entitled ‘An invitation to shape the Nature of England’.  The document is inviting your views and encouraging debate about how we can best protect and enhance our natural environment, and the valuable services we derive from it.  The discussion will inform the publication of a Natural Environment White Paper in [...]

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Defra announces changes to arm’s length bodies

Caroline Spelman announced yesterday that she will be: Withdrawing Defra funding from the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC); Abolishing the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board, the 15 Agricultural Wages Committees, the 16 Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees and the Committee on Agricultural Valuation; Abolishing the Inland Waterways Advisory Council; and Abolishing [...]

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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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Defra’s Structural Reform Plan launched

Defra has published its draft Structural Reform Plan. Structural Reform Plans are being used by the Coalition Government to make departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition Agreement. Defra’s Structural Reform Plan sets out three departmental priorities: to support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production; help [...]

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Consultation: revised waste framework directive

Defra has launched a consultation on how to implement the revised EU Waste Framework Directive in England and Wales, and your views are being sought. The Directive will bring together new and existing measures to promote waste prevention, recycling, and better use of resources while protecting human health and the environment. The consultation includes proposals [...]

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Consultation: guidance to protect community groups from surface water drainage charges

Defra has launched a consultation on new guidance to water companies on concessionary surface water drainage charges. As a result of the switch by some water companies from the rateable value to a site area method of calculating surface water drainage charges some community groups experienced unaffordable water charges. As part of the Flood and Water [...]

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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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What is freedom to you?

The Your Freedom website was launched on 1 July by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.  The website gives you an opportunity to suggest ideas on repealing unnecessary laws and stripping away excessive regulation on businesses and third sector/civil society organisations. The questions you are asked to respond to are: Civil liberties:  Which current laws [...]

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