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Cuts, dependency and neo-liberal nonsense

The results of information gathered from local authorities by campaign group False Economy on cuts to the voluntary and community sector attracted a lot of media attention yesterday. The news was filled with grim stories of local authorities cutting support to over 2,000 charities estimated to be in excess of £100m. False…


Added by Toby Blume on August 4, 2011 at 7:00 — 3 Comments

Local HealthWatch pathfinders announced


9 in the West Midlands, but Brum isn't one of them! 


I thought there was a single Black Country LINk, but Walsall and Wolverhampton have got HW pathfinders, while Sandwell and Dudley haven't.   What's the status of the Black Country LINk now? 


Coventry is the only other urban pathfinder; the rest…


Added by Kate Gordon on August 3, 2011 at 20:42 — No Comments

Is there anybody home

Try this link


All you get is a blank white screen- no way to go forward or back, nothing you can do but sit there and study a big white blankness...


like nobody is home...


you get the same with…


Added by Jez Hall on July 29, 2011 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

Three priorities for delivering community action

'delivering community action' sounds very neat and tidy - this is an update on the active safer communities programme/project


'The new home for community activism will mean no one will be more than two clicks away from simple, easy to use practical help and resources. Our great public servants will be able to get out of…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 29, 2011 at 1:20 — 2 Comments

Nick Hurd launches new £10m fund for 'Investment and Contract Readiness'

to help the voluntary sector do public business.   Is it new new money, or is it recycled?  I'm getting a bit lost in all these 'new' funding pots.  "Innovation" is so last century as well!

Added by Kate Gordon on July 26, 2011 at 17:18 — 1 Comment

DH - "Any Qualified Provider"


DH has published the 8 categories where the voluntary sector could bid.

Added by Kate Gordon on July 21, 2011 at 13:37 — No Comments

Vanguard communities - progress report


A bit too lacking in detail to know how impressed one should (or shouldn't) be.  So, what were the barriers that needed busting by a civil service juggernaut?   I could guess, but it seems a bit pointless to issue a report that leaves you none the wiser.  (That word 'flaky' is going to…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 21, 2011 at 0:23 — No Comments

"£14m to empower communities and build safer neighbourhoods"


Whenever I read these press releases, two things go through my mind:

'You vill be empowered…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 21, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

"People Powered Change" - interview with BIG director

 "In terms of impact measurement, Kanani admits it can sound “flaky”


That's certainly what came to mind when I read the article about the…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 20, 2011 at 10:36 — 2 Comments

"Open Public Services"


Cabinet Office White Paper released, following yesterday's speech.

Added by Kate Gordon on July 12, 2011 at 8:53 — No Comments

"David Cameron to unveil blueprint for public services"


later this afternoon in East London.  


Wonder if he's going to say anything new? 


"The proposals would allow service providers to make profits in some areas like getting people off benefits and into work, but not in others such as health care."

Clearly a reflection of the backlash against Liberating the…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 11, 2011 at 6:49 — No Comments

2012 Sports Volunteering


Information received from a former workmate re: getting involved in 2012 through volunteering in sport locally.     'Sport' has a wide definition in this context, and volunteering includes setting up and running of local clubs/groups, stewarding, reffing, etc.   

Added by Kate Gordon on July 8, 2011 at 7:16 — No Comments

An Institute fit for the future?

Following the first Think Tank Seminar Series on 1st July 2011 at UCLan. We want to build on the momentum with NWCAN and provide community activists and grassroots groups with a space where you can discuss, contribute, and most importantly grow an International Institute for Community Leadership based on…


Added by Rebecca Steel on July 7, 2011 at 12:42 — No Comments

One for the foodies -

A community cafe in central Brum .. sounds like a contradiction in terms, but the menu looks good, as do their objectives.    Has anyone been there?   


Fletchers Walk near the floozie, by the Town Hall.  

Added by Kate Gordon on July 6, 2011 at 21:58 — No Comments

Legal action threatened over disability cuts

Campaigners for disabled people are considering legal action against the Government over proposed cuts to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), they said today.  

full article can be found at legal action threatened over disability cuts

Added by helen wheeler on July 2, 2011 at 15:38 — No Comments

CLG Plain Guide to Localism - updated



Duty to cooperate

Not all planning decisions can, or should, be made at a neighbourhood or local level. In many cases there are very strong reasons for neighbouring local authorities, or groups of authorities, to work together on planning issues in the interests of…


Added by Kate Gordon on June 23, 2011 at 23:46 — 3 Comments

Public Service: Not dead, not forgotten

In my last blog posting, I claimed that politics was presently moving away from the notion of win-win, towards win-lose politics where competition would replace cooperation and that key players would seek two or maybe three rounds of compete-punish-counterpunish.

I made this prediction based on the recent behaviour of greedy bankers, public service cuts and the backlash of protesters, strikes and job loses. I still believe…


Added by Andrew Climo on June 16, 2011 at 19:11 — 1 Comment

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