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Nottinghamshire cuts

NAVCA has written to Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, asking him to intervene in the case of Nottinghamshire County Council, which has made disproportionate funding cuts to the local voluntary sector. These cuts go against the government's own policies to support charities and voluntary organisations through the Big Society agenda....

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Parliamentary Big Society report released

The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee has published its report into the Big Society. The report examines how Whitehall is responding to the Big Societyand whether the government is on track to meet its objectives. NAVCA submitted evidence to the committee and the report extensively quotes Kevin Curley, NAVCA's Chief Executive, who gave evidence to the committee....

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NAVCA Appoints Joe Irvin as New Chief Executive

NAVCA's Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that they have appointed Joe Irvin as the new Chief Executive of the organisation, with the forthcoming retirement of Kevin Curley. Joe has a rich and varied background in senior posts having worked as Director of Parliamentary affairs for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Director of Public Affairs at the British Airports Authority, Chief Special Adviser to John Prescott (as Deputy Prime Minister), Director of Policy at the Transport and General Workers Union, and in the 10 Downing St Policy Unit....

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Newcastle strike plan

NAVCA Chief Executive, Kevin Curley, has praised a council's plan to give savings from the public sector strike to voluntary and community sector groups fighting poverty....

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I mean what I say

Kevin Curley made his final address to a NAVCA Conference after 40 years in the NAVCA movement this week, at NAVCA's Annual Conference in London. Kevin first spoke at a NAVCA (NACVS) Conference in 1971....

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DH strategic partner programme

At All Change, the Department of Health Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners conference held at Hotel Russell on 21 November, Paul Burstow, Minister for Care Services, used his keynote speech to announce an extension to their £3.5 million Strategic Partner programme for 2012-13....

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NAVCA influences Select Committee Regeneration Inquiry

NAVCA evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee's Regeneration Inquiry has been reflected in the committee's published findings. The report was published last week and points raised in NAVCA's written and oral evidence were picked up and endorsed by the committee. In some cases, NAVCA received direct credit for its views and in others similar points have been made by the committee or other witnesses....

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Public Law workshops

Understanding public law will be vital for local charities and community groups as they brace themselves for another round of public spending cuts. NAVCA has teamed up with leading law firms Doughty Street Chambers in London and Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield to provide expert briefings to help local voluntary organisations combat the latest round of cuts....

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Free commissioning guide to mark Trustees' Week

NAVCA and the Local Government Association have today (2 Nov) launched a new free publication called At Your Bidding to mark Trustees' Week (31 October - 6 November). At your Bidding is a guide for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services. It focuses squarely on the key issues that individuals need to be aware of in fulfilling their duties as charity trustees. All trustees of local charities are encouraged to download a free copy....

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NAVCA support for Robin Hood tax

NAVCA Chief Executive Kevin Curley has signed a letter, along with other civil society leaders, calling on David Cameron to support a Robin Hood tax when it gets discussed at the G20 summit. The G20 are meeting in Cannes on the 3-4 November. Leaders from the world's major economies will gather to plan the next steps on how to boost the global economy....

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NAVCA proposes changes to Big Lottery policy directions

NAVCA urges members to support changes to the Big Lottery policy directions...

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NAVCA concern at Enfield NHS cuts

NAVCA has made Freedom of Information requests in response to reports that the NHS in Enfield will be cutting voluntary sector grants. ...

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NAVCA goes back to school

NAVCA’s staff members went back to school earlier this week when they took part in an employee action day, giving the grounds of Auckland School in Doncaster a makeover. The day was organised by BTCV. It allowed NAVCA staff to help a local school, whilst also building team spirit and team working....

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Localism Bill victory

NAVCA is celebrating victory for the voluntary and community sector following the publication of the amended Localism Bill. The amended Bill has been published following the House of Lords report stage. Despite intense lobbying by the Countryside Landowners Association (CLA) to reduce the length of time that charities would be able to exercise their Right to Buy, the government has agreed with NAVCA that a six months period is the minimum period needed to make the Assets of Community Value opportunity work....

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NAVCA urges Frances Maude to keep the government’s lottery promise

NAVCA Chief Executive, Kevin Curley, has written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude MP, to urge him to deliver on the government’s promise to direct more of the Big Lottery Fund’s money to charities and community groups. The current consultation on the Big Lottery Fund policy directions, launched by the Cabinet Office, proposes BIG funding should go ‘primarily’ to the voluntary and community sector. Previously the Government said that BIG lottery funding should exclusively go to the voluntary and community sector....

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NAVCA publishes Open Public Services consultation response

NAVCA has published its response to the government’s Open Public Services White Paper, which sets out the government’s plans to reform public services. The government sees it as part of their Big Society agenda. They believe it hands power to communities and ends the top-down ‘government knows best’ approach. Critics have called the plans "back-door privatisation"....

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Kevin Curley

Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, has been awarded the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Third Sector Excellence Awards. The award was presented to Kevin in recognition of his 40-year career in the voluntary sector, including his work as Chief Executive of NAVCA....

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NAVCA members key to local charities’ success

NAVCA has published its analysis of the 2010 National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises (NSCSE), the largest ever survey of the sector. It shows that the support of NAVCA members makes a real difference to the prospects of local charities - their funding applications are more likely to succeed and they have a greater influence over local decisions. It also shows NAVCA members have a vital role in supporting groups working in the most deprived areas....

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2011 Compact Awards

There is just a week left to enter the 2011 Compact Awards. These awards highlight and recognise outstanding examples of partnership work between voluntary and community organisations and the statutory sector. Compact Voice is inviting those involved in Compact groups to submit nominations in one of this year’s six categories. For details visit: www.compactvoice.org.uk/awards....

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Open Public Services - Consultation event

The government is proposing major reforms to public services in the Open Public Services White Paper. NAVCA will be responding to the paper and we would urge all interested members to do likewise. As part of the consultation process, and in partnership with the Cabinet Office, we are holding a focused consultation for NAVCA members on the theme of market development on Wednesday morning, 28th September, in Birmingham at BVSC. Places are free but limited so please email events@navca.org.uk to reserve a place or call 0114 278 6636....

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Best Value Guidance

Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, has written to NAVCA members advising them to make themselves familiar with the new Best Value Statutory Guidance and to use it in their local negotiations....

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Sustainable support

NCVO and NAVCA are working together to provide a series of masterclasses for local support organisations. The first masterclass is ‘Becoming more entrepreneurial’, being held on the 8 December in London. There will be a further 2 events, one in Birmingham and the other in Sheffield. Discounts are available for both NCVO and NAVCA members...

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Chair of NHS Future Forum to address health conference

Steve Field Chair of NHS Future Forum has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the health and social care conference organised by the Department of Health voluntary sector strategic partners, including NAVCA. Professor Steve Field is a former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and, as chair the NHS Future Forum, he is now leading on a second phase of the ‘listening exercise’ into the Health and Social Care Bill....

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Kevin Curley congratulates Chancellor

Kevin Curley has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne MP, to congratulate the Government’s move to recognise the importance of social value. The Government, earlier this month, published a new annex to the Green Book called 'Valuing Non- market impacts'. This is the first time Social Value has been built into the government's hand book on policy appraisal and evaluation - the Green Book....

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Treasury Green Book Annex

The Treasury have published 'Valuing Non- market impacts' - a new annex to the Green Book - and released a joint discussion paper with DWP. The annex states that valuing 'the social' is important in policy decisions. This is the first time this has been built into the Green Book - the government's handbook on policy appraisal and evaluation. ...

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