Voscur's response to Bristol City Council's budget consultation

21 November, 2022 - 10:46

A decade of austerity has plumetted local authorities into a cost of operating crisis. Councils across the country collectively forecast additional costs of £3.4 billion in 2023/24 to retain services at pre-pandemic levels. Locally, Bristol City Council have forecast a deficit in their budget of...

Energy Price Guarantee cut from 2 years to 6 months

17 October, 2022 - 12:04

Today, Monday 17th October, saw new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt attempt to steady the financial markets by reversing £45bn of unfunded tax cuts by £32bn. The price cap for businesses and charities is unchanged: it will last for six months as originally proposed. The support for individual households...

New government appointment will oversee significant changes for the charity sector

22 September, 2021 - 10:13

Nadine Dorries has replaced Oliver Dowden as secretary of state for digital, culture, media, and sport, news that will impact on several important areas for the VCSE sector. Also part of the prime minister’s latest reshuffle was Baroness Barran’s move from minister for civil society within the...

Left behind or levelled up? Research in areas of deprivation

30 June, 2021 - 20:26


Earlier this year, we were given public data that unsurprisingly showed the highest number of COVID-19 infections were found in parts of Bristol with higher than average national indices of multiple deprivation. We...

Could the government’s replacement for EU State Aid rules help support a socially enterprising green recovery?

30 June, 2021 - 19:15


After years of hard work Lawrence Weston’s community-owned wind turbine is on its way, and future climate action enterprises could be easier to develop through increased support,...

Independent inquiry finds vulnerable people lack vital support

22 June, 2021 - 17:10


Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Police, and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have all been criticised for failing to provide adequate care for three people with autism and learning difficulties, a major review has found. The inquiry’s final report describes...

Queen’s Speech: Charities Bill to reduce bureaucracy

13 May, 2021 - 16:49


Set out by the Queen in her recent address to Parliament, the government’s new Charities Bill will “address a range of issues in charity law which hamper charities’ day-to-day activities”, with the aim of saving charities time and money.

Following an extensive consultation period...

Voscur’s response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

28 April, 2021 - 17:26


Following the murder of George Floyd whilst in police custody in the United States and Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the UK and around the world, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set up the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, promising the Commission would set out a “new...

How did the candidates for Bristol Mayor respond to our list of pledges?

22 April, 2021 - 10:44


On 6 May, everyone over the age of 18 who lives in Bristol will be able to vote for the city's next mayor. Also on this date, you can place your vote for the city's councillors, the West of England mayor, and the Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Working with...

Designing a New Social Reality report by Black South West Network

BSWN launches major new report on Bristol’s VCSE sector future beyond COVID-19

18 March, 2021 - 17:06


Black South West Network (BSWN) has launched an important new report focusing on Bristol’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and its recovery after COVID-19.

The report, called D...