Office of the Civil Society, Local Intelligence Team NE Update

 
Welcome to the monthly news bulletin from the Office for Civil Society – This contains policy updates, funding opportunities, consultations and much more.

OCS FOR INFO - March 2018


Please see below updates that you may find interesting (apologies for any cross-posting):

 


Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:

  1. Civil Society Strategy: have your say
  2. Civil society Brexit update
  3. Points of Light Celebrate NHS70
  4. Place Based Social Action - 20 New local social action partnerships announced
  5. Statement of intent for the dormant accounts youth programme
  6. Make data protection your business

Updates from other departments:

  1. Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide
  2. New round of funding to tackle knife crime
  3. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport speech from Culture is Digital Launch
  4. Home Office launches Trusted Relationships Fund
  5. Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi addresses social work professionals at the National Learning Conference
  6. Terms of Engagement between NHS England and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector

Stakeholder updates:

  1. NPC-led partnership publishes free impact management tools for VCSE organisations
  2. Volunteering and Community Contributions in Later Life: call for practice example
  3. Social Enterprise UK announces membership relaunch

 

Office for Civil Society:

1. Civil Society Strategy: have your say

Do you want to help shape government's upcoming Civil Society Strategy? Click here to have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to build a stronger society now and in the future. 

Help us to raise awareness of the Strategy by sharing this GOV.UK news storywith your networks and encourage them to get involved. If you have any questions about the Strategy contact us at CivilSocietyStrategy@culture.gov.uk.  

2. Civil society Brexit update

The Office for Civil Society (OCS) is championing the civil society sector’s views during the Brexit process. We are also here to support the sector through this time of change. We will update you with key messages through this newsletter. You can also contact the OCS EU Exit team with any concerns or comments here.

Implementation Period and Withdrawal Agreement

  • On 19th March this week, the UK and EU negotiating teams reached another important milestone in the Brexit process by agreeing the terms of a time-limited implementation period. The agreement, which we hope will be endorsed by the March European Council, will give businesses, civil society organisations and citizens the time they need to put in place the new arrangements required, as the terms of our future partnership become clearer.
  • This marks an important step towards finalising the full Withdrawal Agreement by October, across which the negotiating teams have made substantial progress.
  • Access to one another's markets will remain unchanged until the 31 December 2020, meaning citizens, civil society organisations and businesses in the UK and across the EU can plan for life after our withdrawal with confidence.

Home Office 'EU citizens rights in the UK' campaign

In December last year, the UK and the EU reached an agreement which will protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. The Home Office have launched an online campaign to provide more information on the process for applying for settled status. More information is available on the webpage here, including how to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. We would encourage you to share this information with your networks and beneficiaries.


3. Points of Light Celebrate NHS70

To mark the NHS turning 70 on the 5th July 2018, Points of Light will be celebrating volunteering across the health and social care sector. The Prime Minister will be awarding outstanding individuals from the 5th June 2018 to the 5th July 2018.

About Points of Light
Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.

UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US Points of Light programme, and launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014. Since then hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, highlighting an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain.

Call to Action
Do you know an outstanding volunteer working in the health and social care sector? If so, we want to hear from you!

If you know a volunteer whose work is inspirational, innovative and impactful and you believe deserves a Point of Light award, then get in touch. Please send the name of your nomination, their age, and a short paragraph telling us about their work, how many people their volunteering is helping and the impact their work is having in their communities to: pointsoflight@culture.gov.uk

Please send any nominations by Friday 13th April 2018.

4. Place Based Social Action - 20 New local social action partnerships announced 

The Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Big Lottery Fund have announced the 20 partnerships taking part in the first stage of the Placed Based Social Action programme launched last October.

The 20 partnerships selected to take part in the first phase of the programme are based in diverse areas across England and will now have support to develop social action plans designed to address issues important to their local communities.

Place Based Social Action is a joint £4.5m programme between DCMS and the Fund which aims to create positive change through enabling citizens, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work collaboratively to create a shared vision for the future of their place, and address local priorities through social action.  

Find out more here.

5. Statement of intent for the dormant accounts youth programme

In January 2018, the government announced that £90 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will fund projects to support young people furthest from the labour market into employment. The programme will be designed jointly by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Education, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Big Lottery Fund, with input from young people.

This statement signals the beginning of an engagement phase, which will inform the design of the programme. Government will then issue policy directions to the Big Lottery Fund, setting out what should be taken into account in determining who receives the money and the purposes for which the money can be distributed. This is in line with the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008. This was announced by the Prime Minister on 19th March 2018.

Read more here.

6. Make data protection your business

Data protection regulation is set to change on 25 May this year to give people more control over their data. These laws cover how you collect, use and store people’s personal data. 

Your customers, employees and other individuals need to be able to trust you to look after and use their personal data properly and safely. Knowing they can trust you is good for your business or organisation and you may risk a fine if you don’t comply. 

There’s a wide range of guidance and support available on the Information Commissioner’s website to help you prepare and ensure you are ready for 25 May

The Fundraising Regulator and Institute of Fundraising have also collaborated to produce six 'bitesize' guides to help charities navigate the new regulations. 

The FSI is running a 'GDPR essentials' training course on 15 May. This course, delivered by Charity Finance Group (CFG) will discuss what GDPR means for charities, what they need to do to prepare and answer questions about data protection.


Updates from other government departments:


1. Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide

The National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC) has published an assessmentof the cyber threats facing UK charities and a a guide to help charities protect themselves against malicious cyber activity. 

The NCSC’s Cyber Threat Assessment report has revealed reveals how charities' valuable funds, supporter details and information on beneficiaries are being targeted.
 
The Small Charity Guide outlines easy and low-cost steps to protect from attacks. It includes expert advice focused on backing-up data, using strong passwords, protecting against malware, keeping devices safe and avoiding phishing attacks.

2. New round of funding to tackle knife crime

As part of a new step-change to tackle the threat of violent behaviour, the Community Fund – which supports community projects to work with young people about the dangers of carrying knives – will have its funding increased to up to £1 million.

Over 40 charities, including the Ben Kinsella Trust, have already benefited by receiving grants of up to £20,000 through the first round of the Community Fund which was launched in October 2017.

In addition, further funding has been secured for Young People’s Advocates until at least the end of March 2019, to provide support for vulnerable women and girls at risk of exploitation by gangs.

Read the full news story and statement from Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, here.

3. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport speech from Culture is Digital launch

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, delivered a speech at the Culture is Digital report launch on Wednesday 7 March.

He described the report as 'a ‘how to guide’ for cultural organisations in using the very latest technology. And it is a ‘how to guide’ for people involved in technology like Amazon and Cisco, who I can see in front of me, for how to support the nation’s cultural development.

These two worlds have so much to gain from talking to each other, engaging and supporting each other, in bringing the very best out of each other by linking the creativity with digital technology.'

The full transcript of the speech is available here.

4. Home Office launches Trusted Relationships Fund

The Home Office has launched a £13 million fund to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

The Trusted Relationships Fund is targeted at vulnerable young people between the ages of 10-17 years old at risk of community based exploitation and abuse, such as child sexual exploitation/abuse, gang exploitation including county lines and peer/ relationship abuse. Local authorities are being encouraged to partner with voluntary sector organisations with expertise in protecting young people from abuse and exploitation.

The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is midday on 13 April 2018 and application information can be found here.

5. Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi addresses social work professionals at the National Learning Conference

Nadim Zahawi, the Minister for Children and Families, spoke at the National Learning Conference on 27 February.

In his speech, he discussed the government's ambitions for children's social care that were set out in Putting Children First. He also discussed the achievements of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, which has invested almost £200m in 95 projects helping local authorities to redesign services.

The Minister also announced three new innovation projects supported by the Programme:

'We are investing up to £5m in Social Impact Bonds to support care leavers as they transition to adulthood and independent living in Sheffield, Bristol and in Lewisham. These Social Impact Bonds are a first for the Innovation Programme and a first for care leavers – testing new commissioning and funding models to support care leavers in to education, training and employment.

The full transcript of the speech is available here.

6. Terms of Engagement between NHS England and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector

NHS England and the Empowering People and Communities Taskforce are currently embarking on the co-production of Terms of Engagement for working between NHS England and the VCSE sector. This will build on the learnings from previous cross-sector working agreements, as well as the VCSE Review and the Social Value Act, and create a new approach.

A series of workshops and webinars are happening over the coming weeks designed to place the sector at the heart of this process:

  • 22 March, 11-12am - Webinar
  • 28 March, 12:30 - 4pm - Workshop: Broadstreet, Birmingham (full address given upon booking)
  • 11 April, 12:30 - 4pm - Workshop - Bristol (Venue TBC)
  • 12 April, 12:30 - 4pm - Workshop - Arundel Gate, Sheffield (full address given upon booking).

To register your interest, please e-mail england.voluntarypartnerships@nhs.netindicating in the subject line: Terms of Engagement (& the location of the workshop you wish to attend). 


Updates from stakeholders:


1. NPC-led partnership publishes free impact management tools for VCSE organisations

The Impact Management Programme aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact. They have published an online platform to support organisations to use data and information that they collect to improve and transform services.

The platform was co-designed with over 100 charities and consists of three main sections - planning, data and culture. This includes a data diagnostic tool, which helps organisations assess what data they could collect to better demonstrate their effectiveness.

The free online platform is available here.

2. Volunteering and Community Contributions in Later Life: call for practice example

The Centre for Ageing Better is seeking inspiring examples of people and organisations supporting people aged 50 and above to make a contribution to their community.

This is the latest stage in Ageing Better’s review, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, exploring how to enable more people aged 50 and over to contribute their skills, time and knowledge to their communities. The review covers all forms of volunteering and community activity – including informal volunteering, everyday acts of neighbourliness etc. Since its launch in October, the review has been exploring what prevents some people from taking part, especially those on lower incomes and those living with long term health conditions.

Ageing Better has identified a number of key areas for action, including more effective collaboration, flexible volunteering and other ways to reduce the barriers to taking part, and practical support for informal grassroots activity.

They have now launched a call for examples that are putting these ideas into practice. Further details, including how to submit a response, can be found here. The call will close on 30 April 2018.

3. Social Enterprise UK announces membership relaunch

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has announced that they have removed the membership fee for smaller enterprises, allowing them to join the largest social enterprise network in the world.

From Wednesday 7 March membership for all social enterprises with a turnover of less than £100,000 will be free.

SEUK will also be enhancing and consolidating its membership offer for larger social enterprises who will now benefit from more exclusive offers, more opportunities to contribute to policy and lobbying work, as well as more practical support.

Read more here.
 

 

 


OCS FOR INFO - February 2018

Please see below updates that you may find interesting 

 

 

Civil Society Strategy: Engagement Exercise Launch

Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:

1.       VCSE Crown Representative

2.       The Full-Time Social Action review

3.       Crowdfunding Public Infrastructure Pilot Fund

4.       Launch of Purposely, a new digital tool for embedding social purpose into business governance

5.       Government response to the Commission on Dormant Assets report

6.       Meeting, Mixing, Mending: How the National Citizen’s Service impacts young people’s social integration

Updates from other government departments:

1.       HS2 Community and Environment Fund and HS2 Business & Local Economy Fund

2.       The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Welsh Government open separate but simultaneous public consultations on disposal of radioactive waste

3.       Department for Transport Consultation on EU Regulation

4.       Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, regulator reminds trustees

Updates from stakeholders:

1.       Guidance on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers

2.       Celebrating five years of the UK What Works Centres

3.       Social Investment Tax Relief campaign 'GET IT' launched

 

Civil Society Strategy: Engagement Exercise Launch

 

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.gov.uk).

Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:

1.    VCSE Crown Representative

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.

2.    The Full-Time Social Action review

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.

3.    Crowdfunding Public Infrastructure Pilot Fund

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.

4.    Launch of Purposely, a new digital tool for embedding social purpose into business governance

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!

5.    Government response to the Commission on Dormant Assets report

The government has published its response to the Dormant Assets Commission's report. The response sets out how the Government will support the financial services sector in unlocking additional dormant assets in the banking, insurance, investment management, and security industries. 

6.    Meeting, Mixing, Mending: How the National Citizen’s Service impacts young people’s social integration

On Thursday 15th February the NCS published a report that provides evidence that NCS fosters greater understanding and integration between 16-17 year olds from different backgrounds, especially those who have lower integration before completing the programme. See the report for more information.

Updates from other government departments:

1.    HS2 Community and Environment Fund and HS2 Business & Local Economy Fund

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.

2.    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Welsh Government open separate but simultaneous public consultations on disposal of radioactive waste

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.

 

To learn more about geological disposal of radioactive waste, please consult Radioactive Waste Management’s new website.

 

The two consultations are open until Thursday 19th April.

 

3.    Department for Transport Consultation on EU Regulation

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.

4.    Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, regulator reminds trustees

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.

Updates from stakeholders:

1.    Guidance on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers

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.

2.    Celebrating five years of the UK What Works Centres

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.

3.    Social Investment Tax Relief campaign 'GET IT' launched

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.





Paul Schofield

Senior Policy Adviser | Youth

Local Intelligence Unit | North

paul.schofield@culture.gov.uk  M:07825 257069

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