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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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SEIF fund

NAVCA members are alerted to a new fund for social enterprises. The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) Capital Growth Fund has announced it is offering capital growth grants and loans of £12 million to social enterprises working in health or social care. Grants of £50,000 to £150,000 in value will be available. Loans are also available if the organisation can show it is able to repay. However, the timescale is short, applications need to be made by 16 September 2011....

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Tender Support Evaluation

NAVCA has published an evaluation of their Tender Support Project. The project supported local charities and voluntary organisations to bid for and win contracts. The report shows that the £70,000 project helped 148 organisations win contracts worth over £1.6m....

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Kevin Curley announces his retirement from NAVCA

Kevin Curley has announced his plan to retire from NAVCA next March. Kevin has served as Chief Executive since January 2003. He will be 60 next February. NAVCA’s Trustees have begun the process of recruiting Kevin’s successor. The new Chief Executive will be in post by April 2012. ...

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Transforming Local Infrastructure programme

The Office for Civil Society (Cabinet Office) has launched its Transforming Local Infrastructure programme through the Big Fund....

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Public Services White Paper launched

The government has launched its white paper on the reform of public services. After much delay the Cabinet Office has published the Open Public Services white paper which will be followed over the summer by 'a wide-ranging discussion with individuals, communities, public sector staff, providers and others with an interest in how public services are delivered' on a dedicated website....

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Labour's Charities spokesperson addresses CORE

Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Cabinet Officer Minister, addressed NAVCA's Chief officers Residential Event (CORE) in Nottingham on 17 June and offered a critique of Big Society and an insight into the Labour policy on the 'good society' and local voluntary action....

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NAVCA Chief Officer Survey 2011

NAVCA has published the results of its 2011 Chief Officer Survey. NAVCA carry out the survey every year to find out Chief Officers’ views on key and topical issues....

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NAVCA response to Health and Social Care Bill changes

Following the listening exercise the government has announced changes to the Health and Social Care Bill. NAVCA is pleased to see a number of changes being made that we asked for in our consultation response...

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NAVCA responds to Health Listening Exercise

The debate on competition is needed, but this debate must not drown out equally important issues around community engagement and health inequalities....

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Regeneration consultation

NAVCA has formally responded to the CLG Select Committee inquiry into regeneration. The response is critical of the consultation paper, saying that it is ‘exceptionally brief, lacks vision and is weak on structure and content.’...

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Giving White Paper announcement success for NAVCA.

NAVCA welcomes the publication of the Giving White Paper. In particular, the announcement in the white paper of a new £30 million fund for infrastructure...

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NAVCA step up Localism Bill campaign

NAVCA's Trustee Board has agreed that NAVCA will step up their campaign on the Localism Bill. NAVCA has been campaigning to make sure the community rights in the bill develop local capacity and build local relationships....

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NAVCA welcomes Red Tape Report

NAVCA has welcomed Unshackling Good Neighbours, the report from the Red Tape taskforce led by Lord Hodgson...

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NAVCA campaigning to make the Localism Bill good for local communities

Through our Real Power for Communities Campaign, NAVCA has been campaigning to make the Bill good for local communities not big business. You can help by contacting your MP to ask them to support changes to the Bill....

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