Policy News - June 2018

A Balancing Act: why effective lobbying of politicians requires varied approaches – NFP Synergy, May 2018

Charity parliamentary teams face the constant challenge of how to best use funds to get their message heard by politicians. Charity lobbying methods are wide-ranging; from building relationships with a handful of key MPs, to increasing the profile of an issue through an awareness raising campaign, to investing in methods that encourage supporters to campaign on their behalf.

So which approach is going to be best for your public affairs, policy and campaigning work?

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Charities respond to the civil society strategy consultation  - Civil Society, May 2018

Charity representative bodies, think tanks and grantmakers have told the government that the new civil society strategy should include an emphasis on grants, encouraging the sector to speak out and better more meaningful engagement. 

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Charity Tax Commission – Call for Evidence, NCVO, May 2018

This call for evidence seeks views and evidence from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience of the system of charitable tax reliefs in the UK, including charities, donors, academics, think tanks, representative bodies, accountants, philanthropy and financial advisers, tax professionals and members of the public.

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Council chiefs call for ‘sufficient’ funding to implement clean air strategy – Local Gov, May 2018

Local authority leaders have warned the Government’s air quality plans can only be successful if they are supported by ‘local flexibility and sufficient funding’.

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Councils spend millions using Right to Buy flats as temporary accommodation – Inside Housing, May 2018

FOIA requests reveal 23 councils have spent millions leasing back homes sold

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England's devolution plans leave local charities out in the cold – The Guardian, April 2018

Local charities are being shut out of devolution planning in England, voluntary sector leaders have warned after a survey found that only one in 20 grassroots groups believed they had been consulted on the process in their area.

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The future of the Social Mobility Commission – Department for Education, May 2018

Government response to the Education Select Committee report into the future of the Social Mobility Commission.

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Have your say on the draft London Food Strategy – GLA, May 2018

The draft London Food Strategy outlines the Mayor's ambitious vision for good food in the capital. Developed in partnership with the London Food Board, the strategy sets out actions under six priority areas. These are: 

  • good food at home
  • good food shopping and eating out
  • good food in public institutions and community settings
  • good food for maternity, early years, education and health
  • good food growing, community gardens and urban farming
  • good food for the environment

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How community-led health can go mainstream – Power to Change, May 2018

Last week 500 people came together for this year’s People Powered Health conferencesupported by Nesta and Power to Change. Community-led health was high on the agenda, with no shortage of impressive examples to inspire attendees. Whether Healthy’n’Happyon the edge of Glasgow, Ideal for All or White City Enterprise in London, the audience was persuaded that community businesses and local people themselves have an important part to play in improving health and wellbeing.

With their deep local knowledge and position of trust in their community, community-led businesses can provide more tailored, more personal healthcare provision. But why then does community-led health remain on the margins and community businesses struggle for resources to keep up their vital health work? What would it take for community-led health to go mainstream?

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Integration: getting it right locally – British Future, May 2018

It’s in everyone’s interests that we get integration right in Britain. And there’s clearly work to do: our society is more anxious, fragmented and polarised than any of us would like.  It’s a ‘State of the Nation’ challenge at national level: integration matters to all of us, not just to migrants and minorities.

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Local hero from Thornton Heath doctors' surgery has come up with a brilliant idea to improve patients health – Croydon Advertiser, May 2018

A "trailblazer" from Thornton Heath has been chosen from more than 750 candidates to represent London in a competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

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New changes to encourage small businesses to apply for government contracts – Cabinet Office, April 2018

The government is announcing tough new measures to level the playing field for smaller businesses bidding to win government contracts.

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Make sure your charity is ready for GDPR – Charity Commission, May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will become law on the 25 May 2018. It’s important to consider how this will affect your charity.

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Matt Hancock speaking on Civil Society in the 21st Century – DCMS, May 2018

The speech was delivered on Wednesday 16 May

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MoJ postpones plans to reduce female prison population - The Guardian, May 2018

A multimillion pound government strategy to reduce the number of women being jailed for non-violent offences has been postponed, the Guardian can disclose.

Plans to set up community prisons for women and to launch a scheme that would provide support for female offenders were supposed to be announced this month. The Ministry of Justice has delayed finalisation of the strategy, which is now going to be rewritten.

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Proposals for larger councils would take the local out of local government – The Guardian, May 2018

Bigger isn’t always better: having larger councils and fewer councillors risks creating undemocratic authorities removed from communities

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Rise in children being 'farmed out' to care homes, MP says – BBC News, May 2018

Ministers have been accused of breaking a promise to cut the number of children being "farmed out" to children's homes huge distances from where they live.

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Sanctions are going too far and causing destitution – Joseph Rowntree Foundation, May 2018

Since 2010, the scope and severity of benefit sanctions has been at the centre of the politics of welfare reform. While they are an inevitable part of a system with conditions attached to receiving benefits, says Chris Goulden, sanctions should be used as a last resort, not designed to cause destitution. 

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Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Trust for London – ACF, May 2018

At ACF's annual conference in November, a straw poll of delegates revealed that a majority were either undertaking or considering work that they broadly characterised as advocacy. In this series, we are speaking to members about how and why they promote greater representation to policy and decision-makers.

The first article comes from Bharat Mehta CBE, Chief Executive at Trust for London.

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Trends shaping the future – Civil Society Futures, May 2018

We know that civil society is changing. But what are the forces driving these changes?

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Unlocking Opportunities? The MOJ’s education and employment strategy – Clinks, May 2018

Today the Ministry of Justice launched their Education and Employment strategy at HM Prison Isis. This blog provides a summary of what’s in the strategy, what it means for the voluntary sector and how far its proposals go in unlocking opportunities for people in the criminal justice system.

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What is changed by collaboration in a place – NPC, May 2018

Deputy Leader of Lambeth since 2014 and Vice President of the RSPCA, Imogen Walker is stepping down from elected office after 12 years as a councillor. Here she shares what she has learnt about collaboration between the the public and voluntary sectors, the opportunities and the risks.

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Youth Music CEO on the future of music education – M Magazine, May 2018

Matt Griffiths, chief executive of Youth Music, shares his thoughts on the future of music education in our school system and beyond, and suggests how independent organisations can play a vital role in supporting progress…

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