9 October, 2018

 

The Charity Commission has released a new Statement of Strategic Intent, which sets out its core purpose and priorities for the five years to 2023.

It says that the new purpose will “…ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society”.

28 September, 2018

 

The new measurement looks beyond income, accounting for a range of essential costs that reduce people’s spending power such as rent, mortgage payments, childcare and disability costs.

These are measured against the positive impact of people’s liquid assets on alleviating immediate poverty. These include savings and – where relevant – stocks and shares.

25 September, 2018

Bristol City Council has announced its next steps for reversing the £5 million in savings from its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) budget for 2018–19.

The reversal follows a High Court challenge brought by two families in which the judge ruled that the council should have consulted on the decision before it was made and that it was therefore unlawful.

The next steps are as follows:

13 August, 2018

 

A serious case review published by Bristol Safeguarding Children Board has stated that agencies working with children and families in the city need to provide a more robust response to child-to-parent or child-to-sibling violence.

8 August, 2018

 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is consulting on a draft code of ethics.

The code is aimed at helping organisations to review their policies and practices in order to update them in line with their purpose and values. It seeks to provide an overarching set of principles that reflect values shared across the charity sector.

8 August, 2018

 

The Arts Council is expected to focus on diversity and localism in its strategy for 2020–2030, following release of the results of its recent consultation.

According to the consultation, two thirds of those surveyed believe that diversity presents one of the greatest opportunities for the sector over the next ten years. Yet the sector does not currently reflect society well enough – in its workforce, leadership, participants and audiences.

31 July, 2018

The VCSE sector will play a key role in delivering adult care and support according to Bristol City Council’s new market provision statement.

Launched in early July, ‘Working with us for Better Lives’ sets out the council’s vision for radical changes that it intends to make to adult care and support over the coming years.

4 July, 2018

Voscur is reminding VCS organisations that provide Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services that it can support them with partnership and collaboration support.

This follows the launch of a Bristol City Council consultation on commissioning and funding models for IAG services, which include advice on benefits, employment and debt.

15 February, 2018
Shocking news about the sexual misconduct of a number of Oxfam staff resulted in a serious a backlash from the media, and the withdrawal of support from many of its regular donors. Many will be questioning whether it has also dealt a blow to the charity sector overall. Whatever your feelings about Oxfam’s fate, it should be clear that no matter the size of organisation or the strength of its overall ethos – gross misconduct can happen anywhere. 
 
9 February, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has circulated an update on developments with Universal Credit and Universal Support. Click here to view the bulletin.

When will Bristol move onto Universal Credit?

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