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.

 This is your chance to ask representatives of each political party what they would do for Bristol’s equalities communities. 

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 -
11:00 to 13:00
22 May, 2017
 
The key political parties have published their manifestos ahead of the general election on 8 June. Alongside these, many expert VCSE sector organisations, along with those in other sectors, have come forward, putting on record their policy priorities for the next parliament. 
 
Politics Home has created the ‘Manifesto Hub’, which is an easy-to-access resource which collects all of these manifestos together in one place. Here you can find the political parties manifestos and also all the manifestos published by charities and campaign groups.
22 May, 2017
 
Due to the terrible events in Manchester last night, all campaign activity ahead of the general election has been suspended today. Therefore, the decision has been taken to cancel the Bristol West Question Time event which was due to take place tonight at the Trinity Centre.
 
To find out more about the election and candidates running in Bristol and the South West, visit the Bristol Post's comprehensive resource page here.
18 May, 2017

 

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