28 June, 2017
 
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees has said that regrettably, cuts to council services are inevitable. However the public can have a say on how they will be made.
 
A series of consultation surveys and events (running from June - September 2017) will give you the chance to contribute to the process. 
 
14 June, 2017
 
NHS Clinical Commissioners have reacted to mounting pressures to deliver more for less, in spite of Government promises of greater investment.
 
Following the outcome of the General Election, NHS Clinical Commissioners published a call for action in response to fears over funding pressures and a lack of ‘realism about what the NHS can deliver’. 
14 June, 2017

A raft of five consultations have been launched by Bristol City Council to get local people’s views on their proposals for how they could deliver certain local services with a reduced budget.

Libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Neighbourhood Partnerships and Bristol Community Links are all covered in the proposals. The ‘Your Neighbourhood’ consultations ask people to comment on as many of these proposals as possible. They include an interactive map to help people judge and comment on the combined effects of the different options they can choose from.

2 June, 2017
 
A race to the bottom to deliver public sector contracts for less is causing a crisis in the relationship between charities and the state. A recent report by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) found that two-thirds of charities have used money from charitable donations to subsidise key services they provide on behalf of the public sector.
 
2 June, 2017
 
Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations from across the West of England have a chance to hear from the Conservative Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles, at a special event on Tuesday, 20 June.
 
2 June, 2017

 

This General Election, VCSE organisations working in Health and Social Care can get the latest updates from all political parties, along with policy analysis, thanks to a helpful tracker from the King's Fund.

1 June, 2017
 
Voscur have received the following statement from NCVO about charity campaigning ahead of the general election. We wanted to share this with our members so that you can feel confident in your campaigning and continue your great work in Bristol and beyond.
 
"Dear Voscur,
 
I am writing because I am concerned that confusion is spreading about the impact of the Lobbying Act on charities and I want to reassure NCVO members.
 
25 May, 2017
 
Shortly before Tim Bowles was elected the first ‘metro mayor’ for the West of England, a group of academics, local government representatives, Whitehall officials and trade unionists gathered in Bristol to discuss the opportunities and challenges for devolution to the region.
 
This event, organised by the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences, was the fifth in a series of discussions held across England as part of the Academy’s Governing England programme.
 
24 May, 2017

 

In the lead-up to the General Election, LGBT charity Stonewall has released a Manifesto around the rights and equality of LGBT people. Its tagline: “acceptance without exception”.

The Manifesto sets out pertinent questions to ask local candidates around LGBT issues, and emphasises the need to end continuing discrimination against LGBT people, both in the UK and abroad.

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