Author Archives: Third Sector team

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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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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Third Sector secondment opportunity – Head of Third Sector Team, Defra

This secondment opportunity to lead Defra’s Civil Society team has been withdrawn. This is in response to a government-wide freeze on recruitment included in the package of spending cuts announced by the Treasury on Monday (24/5/10). The freeze on external recruitment is one of a number of financial disciplines imposed by the Treasury and with [...]

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This blog in the build-up to the General Election

In line with cross government policy on government communications in the build up to a General Election, we will not be placing new information on this blog until after 6 May. General and local elections 2010.

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Adapting to Coastal Change

On 30 March 2010 Defra published Adapting to Coastal Change: Developing a Policy Framework (PDF 986KB).  This represents a milestone in the evolution of a policy framework on supporting communities in adapting to coastal change. Coastal change is a natural process that has and will continue to shape our coastline. We will defend where we [...]

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Three inspiring third sector ‘waste projects’

[Guest post by Marc Owen, Policy Adviser, Waste Strategy - Policy and Processes, Defra]   Photos courtesy of Green-Works Officials from the Defra Waste Programme recently visited three inspiring third sector projects in London. Vital Regeneration works in London’s most deprived neighbourhoods, developing sustainable and effective social, environmental and economic programmes. We were shown their [...]

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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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Mobilising Democracy to Tackle Climate Change

  This leadership seminar is being presented by Salzburg Global Seminar together with the Dartington Hall Trust, Schumacher College – the International Centre for Sustainable Living, and the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development. It is delivered in collaboration with, and hosted by Goodenough College, London. It will take place over two days on the [...]

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Adapting to Climate Change; a guide for local councils

  Last Tuesday’s (9/3/10) launch of the joint third sector and ministerial task force report on climate change, the environment and sustainable development was a catalyst for other things to happen. Defra released a guide for local councils on adapting to climate change produced jointly with ACRE. This can be downloaded from this page on [...]

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Huw Irranca-Davies visits Berrynarbor Community Shop

L to R: Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Lucy Findlay (CEO RiSE), Alex Parke (Chair), Anita Abott (shop manageress), Pamela Parke (Committee member and publicity manager), David Fisher (Plunkett) On Tuesday (2/3/10), as part of a wider tour of the area, Defra’s Third Sector Minister, Huw Irranca Davies visited Berrynarbor Community Shop on the western edge of [...]

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