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Digital Derbyshire - Business Support Programme  {21 Jul 2014} shimAdd News1275 to Scrapbook

There is little doubt that today’s technology can bring about significant improvements in the way in which we work and thus facilitate business growth. A barrier for many Derbyshire based businesses though is the lack of fast reliable internet connectivity. The Digital Derbyshire project has been developed to remove this barrier and by working with the eBusiness Club businesses will be provided with the knowledge and skills to exploit the opportunities superfast broadband brings.

Digital Derbyshire is delivering the county's biggest ever broadband transformation. The first green fibre cabinet has now gone live at Markham Vale Enterprise Zone as part of a £27.67m contract with BT to make fibre broadband available to 95% of homes and businesses by 2016. Beginning in Buxton in May the eBusiness Club will deliver a range of FREE seminars, and workshops across Derbyshire which have been developed to help businesses understand, implement and manage Information and Communication technologies (ICT). The following services are available to all businesses based in Derbyshire will be delivered across across the whole County. Reserve your place or find out more here Digital Derbyshire - Events & Workshops

DLDC July 2014 Newsletter  {14 Jul 2014} shimAdd News1274 to Scrapbook

Please find attached DLDC's July Newsletter.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

SDCVS Training  {11 Jul 2014} shimAdd News1273 to Scrapbook

Here is the first wave of training information from South Derbyshire CVS in what promises to be a lively Autumn term!

 

Still to come confirmed dates for new Level 3 Education & Training Awards and Domestic Abuse Awareness... so watch this space!

 

Alongside this our highly successful ALICE project is continuing - this has proved a great way to engage individuals in a programme of Personal Wellbeing - leading to Volunteering and potential employment?

For more details contact Chris Wain:

Chrisw@sdcvs.org.uk / 01283 219761

 

We look forward to working with you as part of our exciting AIM Accreditation centre!

 

Click here for dates and information on L2 Understanding Emotional resilience.

 

Click here for dates and information on L2 Safeguarding Procedures for life and work.

 

Click here for Volunteer Passport Autumn programme aimed at volunteers who support children and young people held at Weston on Trent.

 

Click here for Volunteer Passport Autumn programme aimed at volunteers who support vulnerable adults held at SDCVS.

 

In Focus with One EM - June 2014  {1 Jul 2014} shimAdd News1272 to Scrapbook

 

One East Midlands MP Guide 2014

Following the success of our first three annual MP guides, we have now published our One East Midlands Guide to MPs 2014, which contains updated information on all 46 MPs covering the East Midlands.

D2N2 LEP update mailing list & consultation

One East Midlands has set up a mailing list to keep the VCS in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire updated on the work of the D2N2 LEP and opportunities for relationships with the VCS.

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Consultation on £40million sustainability fund

The Cabinet Office has opened a consultation on its proposed £40million sustainability fund for charities and social enterprises, which are working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and are in danger of closure.

£60million investment readiness fund

A new £60million grant fund to support charities to get ready for social investment has been launched by the Office for Civil Society using money repaid from the Futurebuilders loan fund.

The Queen's Speech 2014

A draft bill to give more powers to the Charity Commission was among the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 4 June.

Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations

Charities will no longer be able to automatically include a donation as part of a purchase when consumers buy from them online, according to new regulations which will take affect from Friday 13 June.

Zero hours contracts

Employees on zero hours contracts will have the freedom to find work with more than one employer after Business Secretary Vince Cable announced plans to ban exclusivity clauses.

Labour party consultation

The Labour party has started a consultation with the VCS, which seeks views on whether the current definition of a charity is fit for purpose and what can be done to support and protect frontline charity workers facing worsened conditions.

Charity Commission consultation on Annual Return 2015

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a consultation on a number of proposals for changes to the Annual Return for 2015.

New guidance on setting up and registering a charity

The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on setting up and registering a charity.

New audio podcasts for trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published two new audio podcasts, designed to help trustees understand their duties under charity law.

Review of sector finances

A review of charity sector finances has been jointly launched by the NCVO and a coalition of sector bodies including the Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and the Small Charities Coalition.

Compact Awards 2014 open for nominations

The Compact Awards 2014, which are designed to celebrate and showcase the most outstanding Compact working across England, are open for nominations until 5pm on Wednesday 1 October.

InTouch with One EM - 25 June 2014   {25 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1271 to Scrapbook

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EMVY Forum - Young People, Employment and Enterprise

Date:3 July 2014
Venue: Derby Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LD

The purpose of this event is to analyse the current state of play in relation to youth employment and unemployment, the direction of travel in policy and interventions and the role that the VCS can play in achieving positive outcomes.

Queens’ Birthday Honours List 2014

One East Midlands would like to congratulate to all those individuals in the East Midlands who were honoured in the Queens' Birthday Honours List 2014 for their services to their communities and the voluntary sector.

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Charity Commission consultation on Annual Return 2015

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a consultation on a number of proposals for changes to the Annual Return for 2015.

£60million investment readiness fund

A new £60million grant fund to support charities to get ready for social investment has been launched by the Office for Civil Society using money repaid from the Futurebuilders loan fund.

Labour party consultation

The Labour party has started a consultation with the VCS, which seeks views on whether the current definition of a charity is fit for purpose and what can be done to support and protect frontline charity workers facing worsened conditions.

Two new impact measurement tools

Two new impact measurement tools, Measuring Up! and the Inspiring Impact Hub, have been launched by the Charities Evaluation Service at an event attended by Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd.

Public trust in charities and other institutions

The number of people saying they trust charities has fallen from 66 percent to 56 percent in 2014, according to research published by nfpSynergy.

Online donations service for small and medium charities

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched a new service to help small and medium-sized charities process donations by card and direct debit.

Community Shares Underwriting Fund

Big Society Capital has invested £1million in a project to underwrite community share issues, in a bid to encourage more communities to buy local assets.

Review of sector finances

A review of charity sector finances has been jointly launched by the NCVO and a coalition of sector bodies including the Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and the Small Charities Coalition.

The Guardian Charity Awards 2014

The Guardian Charity Awards 2014 are now open for entries. The awards are aimed at small medium sized organisations that do great work on tight budgets and should get recognised and rewarded.

National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2014

The National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2014, which showcase excellence, recognise achievement and dedication, and celebrate the successes in Payroll Giving over the past year, have been launched.

National Citizens Service Project   {24 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1270 to Scrapbook

The National Citizens Service (NCS) programme will shortly be commencing in July 2014.

 

Derby College are inviting local organisations to attend a ‘speed chatting’ session during skills week to meet the young people on the programme and to talk about careers and life choices etc. If you would be interested to take part, please see below for further information or contact Rachel Hayward on rachel.hayward@derby-college.ac.uk

 

 

Background to NCS

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a UK wide Government supported programme for 16-17 year olds to become more involved and inspired by working with the local community during their summer holiday.  Delivered in Derby City by Derby College, in partnership with Derby County in the Community Trust, participants spend 4 weeks experiencing activities which take them out of the comfort zone, enable them to meet new people, learn new skills and ultimately raise funds and awareness of local issues that are important to them.  Last year 488 young people raised nearly £20,000 for local groups and spent 27,000 volunteering in the community.

It’s an amazing programme that transforms lives, and raises young people’s awareness of their local area, opportunities, develops life skills and supports the transition into adulthood.

 

 

Purpose

As part of our programme we have developed a skills week (this is week 2, out of a 4 week programme; the first week is spent team building at local outward bound centres), whereby our young people learn about Derby, the issues that voluntary organisations deal with on a regular basis, meet local community champions and visit charitable causes, as well as learn skills such as fundraising, body image and confidence, health & safety, project management etc. 

 

They are building up to choosing a cause that means something to them, designing and delivering fundraising activities for this cause and volunteering with that organisation to create a longer lasting impact and legacy.

 

As part of this week, we invite local business people, MP’s, Councillors, Community Champions, and so on, to meet the young people on the programme, to talk about careers, work in the community, life choices etc.  The purpose of this session is to raise awareness of opportunities in life and how to overcome perceived or real barriers, aiming to develop knowledge and resilience skills.  Our young people are often at a critical pint in their lives, where their immediate choices can impact significantly on their future….they may not have considered self-employment, or university, or that there are employment opportunities within certain organisations… and these sessions go some way to change these views.

 

I am looking for a varied range of people who can answer questions set by the young people in a “speed chatting” type environment. Each VIP will have 15 minutes per group, and they will be meeting at least 5 groups during this session, so be prepared for some similar questions, and some random ones too! It’s a great opportunity, particularly for CPD, and it really gets you thinking about how you arrived at your current location, and also future plans!

 

 

Dates & times – all at Broomfield Hall site

 

Tuesday 15 July                 2.00pm – 3.30pm             10 people required

Tuesday 22 July                 2.00 pm – 3.30pm            10 people required

Tuesday 29 July                 2.00pm – 3.30pm             5 people required

 

Tuesday 5 August            2.00pm – 3.30pm              5 people required

 

Tuesday 19 August          2.00pm – 3.30pm             5 people required

 

 

 

 

In 2013, 488 young people designed 39 projects & worked with 40 voluntary & community organisations to raise £19,524 for local causes, giving 27,000 voluntary hours – total programme value to Derby £117,744 –

it all starts with a YES!

Linksline Newsletter June 2014  {18 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1269 to Scrapbook
Click here to view the latest newsletter.
View from the Peak  {18 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1268 to Scrapbook

Please enjoy the latest edition of View From the Peak, newsletter of the Small Group Project, High Peak CVS.

Click here to view newsletter.

CVP Independent Evaluation  {17 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1266 to Scrapbook

Bolsover District Council has commissioned an independent evaluation of Community and Voluntary Partners (CVP).  The evaluation will tell the Council what impact  CVP has had, and will also provide CVP with information that will help us in our work.

 

It would be a very great help to CVP if you would complete an online survey for the evaluation. It will only take 5 minutes. I do apologise in  advance if you get this email more than once.

 

Your responses will be anonymous - the evaluators will not tell CVP or the Council who made what comments.

 

There are two versions of the survey, one for our voluntary and community sector colleagues, and one for our statutory and private sector colleagues.

 

To complete the Voluntary and Community Sector survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C9V53LX

 

To complete the Statutory and Private Sector survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMYMPL8

 

Alternately, you can paste the appropriate link into your web browser.
Introducing NIACEs' new look and General Election Manifesto  {17 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1267 to Scrapbook

I am delighted to send you an additional Update this week to introduce you to our new look. Our stakeholder survey from last autumn set out clearly that many people thought we needed to update our communications and our image. The changes we are making go deeper than the logo, but I wanted the logo and the new strap-line to portray the confident and ambitious organisation that we are. I think they do that.

More importantly, we have also launched our manifesto for the general election in 2015, which you can find out about
here. I would urge you to have a look at it, comment on it, respond to it, and use it to help us make the case for lifelong learning at local and national levels.

I am also pleased that we have the chance to hear the reaction from the main political parties to our manifesto at our conference on 19 June 2014. There are just a small number of places left, including complimentary VIP places on a ‘first come, first served’ basis for NIACE members who reply to alw2014events@niace.org.ukby 5pm on Tuesday 17 June 2014. Please come along and join in what looks set to be a year-long election campaign at a pivotal time for the economy and the country.

I look forward to hearing from you,

 
   

 

David Hughes' signature

Artcore “Creative Journeys for Learning and Living” Awards Ceremony  {11 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1264 to Scrapbook

Artcore is a visual arts charity based in Derby, employing the medium of visual art to help strengthen community cohesion, raise awareness of important issues, educate and help to provide a foundation for local and international development.  These goals are achieved through a variety of projects and techniques undertaken by the charity to support learners to develop transferrable employment related skills such as timekeeping and organisation as well as promoting the personal development of all project learners.

Artcore’s community project “Creative Journeys for Learning and Living celebrated it’s success on the 10th June 2014. The project, funded by Derbyshire Learning & Development Consortium through Skills Funding Agency funding was initially set up in order to provide support for unemployed adults aged 19 and above, using art as a vehicle to build and develop skill sets that can be transferred into the work place. “Creative Journeys for Learning and Livingalso provided a base for the further development of these skills, through professionally led workshops focusing on a range of topics in regards to employment and community, such as confidence building, effective communication and cultural awareness. Alongside these workshops, learners also engaged in visual art activities, such as mosaic work, pottery and jewellery craft as a device to help broaden the experiences of those involved.

As a direct outcome of this project, 22 learners were enrolled onto the programme and to date two people have moved into paid employment, five have moved into further education, all learners have been volunteering  involved with Artcore directly and five have volunteered within other separate organisations.

The celebration event invited all the learners to join the tutors and volunteers at Artcore to celebrate their achievements, collect a certificate, enjoy some refreshments and express their thoughts and views regarding the process and the progress they have personally made.

Kalvin Johal from Derbyshire Learning & Development Consortium presented certificates of achievements and said ‘It was fantastic to see the positive impact the Community Learning Fund has had on the learners and hopes this stimulates them to continue their learning journey into further development and employment’

One of the successful learners, Mrs El-Saiyed personally highlighted her own journey within the project and how the help and support of the charity has allowed her some respite from her duties as a full time carer to her husband.  Mrs El Saiyed also noted how this project has ignited her creative side and fuelled her to pursue further education and training in Hair and Beauty at a local college, with a view to a potential career path outside of her role as a carer.

‘I am a care, for my husband, so it is very useful for me, it helps me a lot, to go out and meet some people…I met some people here who are my neighbours, but I didn’t know them before.’  - Entesar El-Saiyed

For further programme information, please contact Ruchita Shaikh at Artcore on 01332 384561.

InTouch with One EM - 11 June 2014  {11 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1265 to Scrapbook

Welcome to One East Midlands fortnightly news e-bulletin, which includes updates from One East Midlands and other news, which we hope will be of interest to VCS organisations from across the East Midlands.

If you are a member of One East Midlands and have any news that will be of interest to the VCS from across the East Midlands, which you would like including in a future news e-bulletin, email details to information@one-em.org.uk. For information on what we are happy to promote on our website and in our e-bulletins click here.

If you are interested in becoming a member of One East Midlands and the benefits you would receive click here.


About One EM

One East Midlands MP Guide 2014

Following the success of our first three annual MP guides, we have now published our One East Midlands Guide to MPs 2014, which contains updated information on all 46 MPs covering the East Midlands.

The Road to Growth

Charity Bank in partnership with One East Midlands is running this free half-day seminar on Wednesday 25 June in Nottingham to help organisations prepare for investment and growth.

D2N2 LEP update mailing list & consultation

One East Midlands has set up a mailing list to keep the VCS in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire updated on the work of the D2N2 LEP and opportunities for relationships with the VCS.

One East Midlands launches weekly jobs bulletin

One East Midlands has launched a new weekly jobs bulletin to help you advertise sector job vacancies across the region.

Call out for case studies

One East Midlands is looking to produce more case studies on our member organisations and their projects that are doing something different that you want to tell the rest of the region’s VCS about.

News

Third Sector Knowledge Portal

There are now over 6,600 works on the sector catalogued and classified with helpful keywords in the Third Sector Knowledge Portal, a free to use e-library of research, evidence and analysis.

Understanding the third sector

Local government think tank LGiU has published the first of two summaries of the Third Sector Resource Centre’s report Understanding the third sector: the work of the Third Sector Research Centre 2008–2013.

Charities SORP approved

On 22 May, the Financial Reporting Council approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for publication.

Updates to Big Assist programme

Big Assist, the programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, was updated in May 2014.

The Queen's Speech 2014

A draft bill to give more powers to the Charity Commission was among the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 4 June.

New guidance on setting up and registering a charity

The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on setting up and registering a charity.

Bursaries for Midlands charities to study with Anglia Ruskin University

Charity and social enterprise managers in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire can study for a specialist university qualification at Anglia Ruskin University and save 50 percent on fees.

FRSB Complaints Report 2014

Charities reported 48,432 complaints to the Fundraising Standards Board in 2013, a 44 percent increase on the previous year.

Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations

Charities will no longer be able to automatically include a donation as part of a purchase when consumers buy from them online, according to new regulations which will take affect from Friday 13 June.

A Day in the Life 2014

Now in its sixth year, NCVO’s work shadow scheme for charities and the civil service ‘A Day in the Life…’ is now open for applications.

New audio podcasts for trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published two new audio podcasts, designed to help trustees understand their duties under charity law.

DLDC June Newsletter  {6 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1263 to Scrapbook

Dear all,

 

Please find attached a copy of our June 2014 Newsletter. Please feel free to contact me regarding any of the articles included within the newsletter.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jenna Shaw

Eat Well, Spend Less  {4 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1261 to Scrapbook
FREE practical workshops running from May 2014!
Healthy eating on a budget!

These are fun workshops to practice the basics of budgeting, menu planning and cooking money saving meals.

Please call 01159 300199 to arrange a booking!
Sound Advice Scheme Training programme   {4 Jun 2014} shimAdd News1262 to Scrapbook

Please click here for the dates for the Sound Advice Scheme Training Programme. 

All sessions are for approximately 3 hours long. No prior knowledge, qualifications, or experience is necessary. All relevant materials will be supplied.

 Booking is required as soon as possible as places may be limited. Attendance must be confirmed through the DIAP Training & Development Officer. Please note that attendance on all sessions is preferable, but may not be a requirement for you or your organisation.

For further information regarding any of the training modules, training delivery, attendance, or any other relevant queries please contact the Project Training & Development Officer, Ian Thomas on 01332 295713, email: ian.thomas@citizensadviceandlawcentre.org

 

In Focus with One EM - May 2014  {30 May 2014} shimAdd News1259 to Scrapbook

About One EM

One East Midlands MP Guide 2014

Following the success of our first three annual MP guides, we have now published our One East Midlands Guide to MPs 2014, which contains updated information on all 46 MPs covering the East Midlands.

Call out for case studies 

One East Midlands is looking to produce more case studies on our member organisations and their projects that are doing something different that you want to tell the rest of the region’s VCS about.

The Road to Growth

Charity Bank in partnership with One East Midlands is running this free half-day seminar to help organisations prepare for investment and growth.

News

Consultation on £40million sustainability fund

The Cabinet Office has opened a consultation on its proposed £40million sustainability fund for charities and social enterprises, which are working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and are in danger of closure.

Big Society Capital publishes three year strategy

Big Society Capital has pledged to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized charities and other social sector organisations as part of its three-year strategy.

Tackling risk of pension scheme deficit

The Charity Commission is reminding charities that they should use their Trustees' Annual Report to explain how they are tackling the potentially serious risk of a pension scheme deficit.

VCS organisations helping in emergencies

The Cabinet Office has published new guidance to help VCS organisations in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.

Revised conflicts of interest guidance

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published revised public guidance on conflicts of interest for charity trustees.

The Compact and Social Value

Compact Voice has published a new guide providing an easy-to-understand overview of social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

Feed into NCVO response to Cabinet Office consultation

NCVO is coordinating a response on behalf of the sector to the Cabinet Office consultation on new fund to support the sustainability of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

NCVO election manifesto

NCVO has launched its general election manifesto, which warns that not all charities will be able to pay their staff a living wage until public sector commissioners take this into consideration when awarding contracts.

Payment by Results and the voluntary sector

NCVO has published a report suggesting that Payment by Results, the government mechanism to boost innovation in public services could be preventing rather than promoting new ways of working.

Review of Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

NCVO, the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Finance Group have launched a review of the effectiveness of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, including a survey of voluntary organisations, open until Friday 27 June.

Acevo launches ethical investment commission

Chief executives' body Acevo has launched a commission to advise charities and social enterprises on ethical and responsible investment.

Third Sector Knowledge Portal

There are now over 6,600 works on the sector catalogued and classified with helpful keywords in the Third Sector Knowledge Portal, a free to use e-library of research, evidence and analysis.

Understanding the third sector

Local government think tank LGiU has published the first of two summaries of the Third Sector Resource Centre’s report Understanding the third sector: the work of the Third Sector Research Centre 2008–2013.

Inspiring Derby 2014  {30 May 2014} shimAdd News1258 to Scrapbook

This year, Inspiring Derby week will take place Saturday 21st June 2014 - Sunday 29th June 2014

With over 100 events, the Inspiring Derby 2014 programme is packed full of interesting, exciting and fun  activities. Events range from the arts and culture, history and heritage, conservation and the environment, sport and leisure, enterprise and business, health and well being. So there really is something for everyone this year.

The 2014 Inspiring Derby Week programme tries to reflect something of this ambition and to inspire you in thinking about your future and what you might achieve for yourself and your community. 

To find out more, see the Inspiring Derby 2014 programme and get booking now!

Or for more information, email: city.partnerships@derby.gov.uk or call: 01332 640824.

Countdown Issue 671  {15 May 2014} shimAdd News1253 to Scrapbook

Please click here for a copy of this week's latest Countdown edition 671. 

In this issue, AELP have reported on the CBI response to the consultation on Apprenticeship funding reforms, which also advocates employer choice, and on the need to continue lobbying local MPs and business groups.

There are also articles on the new standards developed by the Digital Industries Trailblazer, a meeting arranged with NAO to discuss how participation in 16-18 education and training can be increased, the Leadership Conversation, and much more. 

Advising Groups on Funding Issues Online course  {9 May 2014} shimAdd News1251 to Scrapbook

fit4funding is offering their innovative online course 'Advising Groups on Funding Issues'

Starting on 6th May 2014 (ends 27th June 2014)

 

This course is aimed at individuals whose work involves advising community and voluntary groups on funding and funding related issues, including specialist funding advisors, community or umbrella agency workers.

This Certa Level 3 accredited course will be delivered completely on-line with very experienced and fully qualified f4f funding advice e-learning tutors, who will offer individual support and guidance throughout.

For more details of what the course covers and the course cost please click here.

If you would like to book on this course please complete the booking form and return it to fit4funding as soon as possible.

If you have any queries please contact: info@fit4funding.org.uk or Tel: 01924 239063

In Focus with One EM - April 2014  {2 May 2014} shimAdd News1249 to Scrapbook

Welcome to InFocus, our monthly policy e-bulletin, which includes regional and national policy developments. If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing information@one-em.org.uk.

Principles of Transformation policy briefing

One East Midlands has published a policy briefing on the principles of transformation in the health and social care sector, summarising the reforms taking place and how the VCS might respond to them.

2014 UK Civil Society Almanac

The voluntary sector’s income fell by £700million in real terms to £39.2billion in the year to March 2012, according to data in the 2014 UK Civil Society Almanac, published by NCVO and the Third Sector Research Centre.

NAVCA Independent Commission

On 31 March NAVCA launched an independent commission to look at the future of local infrastructure, which until October will examine existing local VCS infrastructure and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years.

Inquiry into senior executive pay

NCVO has published the report of its inquiry into senior executive pay, which they established in 2013.

A brave new world for voluntary sector infrastructure?

The Third Sector Research Centre has published a new working paper entitled A brave new world for voluntary sector infrastructure? Vouchers, markets and demand-led capacity building

Anaylsis published of SORP consultation

The analysis of the consultation on the draft new Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) has been published by the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as the joint charities SORP-making body.

Treasury response to gift aid and digital giving consultation

The government has rejected calls to introduce a central database of gift aid declarations, which many in the sector believe would simplify the system and increase take-up of the tax-free giving scheme.

Consultation on ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020

The government has launched a public consultation on the European Social Fund Operational Programme for England 2014-2020.

Social investment by charities consultation

The Law Commission has opened a consultation and published a paper outlining how existing law could be discouraging charities from taking up social investment because it is not clear what the precise powers and duties of trustees are.

Making it easier for civil society to work with the state

Cabinet Office has published two reports on the new opportunities the government is providing for the civil society as public services are opened up.

Public sector could save £16billion by working with local charities

Locality, an umbrella body for community organisations, states in its new report that English local authorities could save £16billion per year, and improve services, by commissioning services on a local-by-default basis.

News from 2014 budget statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced his 2014 budget on Wednesday 19 March, including several items of interest to the voluntary and community sector.

National Minimum Wage increase to £6.50

The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour from October this year, with more than a million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.

Social value and the Compact

Compact Voice has published a new guide, aimed at the VCS, which provides an easy-to-understand overview of social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act.