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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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Child Poverty Strategy

NAVCA has produced a briefing for members about the government's child poverty strategy...

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Health & Social Care bill – listening exercise

NAVCA has produced a briefing to help members get involved in the NHS listening exercise....

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Social Investment and the Big Society Bank

NAVCA has produced a briefing for members on the government's plans to create a Big Society Bank. NAVCA envisages that this type of finance will be a minority interest for small local organisations, although there are potential roles for NAVCA members as financial intermediaries and as investment readiness intermediaries. However there is still a need for support for organisations at the early stages of identifying whether social investment would be the most suitable funding source for the organisation....

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NAVCA responds to consultations on public health and workforce development

Healthy Lives, Healthy People NAVCA has submitted a response to Healthy Lives, Healthy People - the Government's strategy for Public Health. Our...

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NAVCA concern over CLG Best Value Guidance

NAVCA has responded with concern to CLG's draft statutory guidance on Best Value (released on 13 April)Neil Cleeveley, NAVCA's Policy and Communications Director...

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NAVCA tells voluntary sector to get involved in EU Procurement

NAVCA is warning voluntary and community sector organisations to make sure they do not ignore a vital EU consultation on Procurement rules...

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