OCS FOR INFO - February 2018
Please see below updates that you may find interesting
The Civil Society Strategy online platform is now live. Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.
Please encourage as many people as possible to contribute their views. We want to have a broad and open discussion about the challenges and opportunities for civil society. Share this GOV.UK news story and the Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch's video inviting everyone to take part. We'll be using #CivilSocietyStrategy throughout the campaign to raise awareness and keep people updated.
If you have any questions please contact the Strategy Team (CivilSocietyStrategy@culture.
We are delighted to announce that Claire Dove OBE DL is joining us as VCSE Crown Representative - check out the GOV.UK news story. Her appointment is part of the wider Crown Commercial Service Crown Representative Programme and Claire will be working closely with the Strategy and Partnership Team in OCS.
The two main objectives of her role will be to reduce barriers to VCSE sector participation in the delivery of public services and to encourage organisations to demonstrate their impact through use of the Social Value Act.
This January, DCMS published The Steve Holliday report into Full Time Social Action. The independent review examines how best to support young people (aged 16-25) through Full-Time Social Action programmes (at least 16 hours per week for 6 months or more).
The review finds that social action develops a young person’s life chances, contributes to government priorities such as greater social inclusion and mobility, more action is needed to engage disadvantaged groups, and more non-legislative changes could be made to embed FTSA programmes in life in the UK.
A new pilot fund called Financing for Society: Crowdfunding Public Infrastructure was launched on the 15th January, led by the University of Leeds in partnership with DCMS. The fund has £300,000 available to enable local councils and other public sector bodies to explore crowdfunding as an innovative method of financing new public infrastructure, such as schools, care home facilities and green energy projects.
DCMS and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently supported the launch of a new tool that helps businesses to embed social purpose into their legal documentation. This is the first of its kind in the world and allows businesses to utilise the full flexibility of UK law by putting stakeholders (community, customers, and employees) on an equal footing with shareholders. You can see the tool here!
Local communities are invites to apply to two funds to help with the disruption of Phase one of HS2 between London and the West Midlands. These funds are a Community and Environment Fund and a Business and Local Economy Fund. The funds are managed by Groundwork on behalf of HS2. Please see here for further details.
BEIS are running consultations on their Working With Communities policy, and on their National Policy Statement for the development of geological disposal infrastructure in England. Please see their Consultation Hub for details of the consultation and to participate. The Welsh Government’s consultation on geological disposal of radioactive waste is here.
The two consultations are open until Thursday 19th April.
On February 8th the Department for Transport launched a consultation about how EU Regulation 1071/2009 applies to the Section 19 and 22 permits commonly used by community transport operators in Great Britain. The consultation closes on 4th May and can be found here.
The Charity Commission says safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk. It comes as the charity regulator publishes a report showing safeguarding concerns are an increasing feature in its regulatory compliance case work with charities. See here for more information in the Charity Commission’s 5th February press release.
The Charity Commission has published guidance on the new rules on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers. For more information, see this blog post by NCVO.
The ten ‘what works’ centres in the UK are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their launch. This blog post by the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Nesta explains the context for the centres, the work they do, and their future direction.
Big Society Capital have launched the GET IT campaign offering a package of support to help more charities and social enterprises raise investment using Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). GET IT offers:
● Free resources providing information on the rules and regulations on SITR.
● Free “SITR Made Simple” workshops across the UK – with the opportunity to ask questions of our peer speakers and SITR experts.
● Free 1:1 SITR surgeries with our leading SITR tax expert, Neil Pearson, Partner at Mills & Reeve.
● Free webinars sharing experience of raising SITR from peers.
● New case studies sharing the stories of those who have ‘GOT IT’ and helpful advice for charities and social enterprises considering raising investment with SITR.