Voscur to partner with University of Bath on major Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme in the West of England

31 March, 2017 - 21:49

Voscur is to partner with the University of Bath on an exciting project to support start-ups and existing social enterprises throughout the region.

The University of Bath has secured £1.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund for the work. Talking place over 3 years, it will...

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates from 1 April 2017

28 March, 2017 - 15:02
Rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage change every April.  
The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on a person's age and whether they are an apprentice.  
You must be at least:
  • school leaving age to...

Devolution - our Mayor, your vote.

28 March, 2017 - 14:56

On 4 May 2017 elections will be held to elect a new Combined Authority Mayor for the West of England.  

The West of England Combined Authority will be made up of three of the local authorities in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.


Refreshed Cabinet announced by Bristol Mayor

28 March, 2017 - 14:48
Several changes to major roles on Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees’ Cabinet have been made following a planned reshuffle ahead of Bristol City Council’s new financial year.
Announced on Friday, the new nine-strong Cabinet responds to a number of changes inside and outside of...

The PCC needs your help to monitor police powers

28 March, 2017 - 14:44
The Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens, wishes to establish a Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the PCC and to Avon & Somerset Constabulary. The panel will provide feedback on the use of police powers and the PCC is...

“Charities are the lifeblood of society” says Committee

28 March, 2017 - 14:42
The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published its report, 'Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society', in which the Committee praises the important role that charities play in our society. 
The report stresses that if the sustainability of charities is...

Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violations of Human Rights (UK)

9 March, 2017 - 00:00
UK registered charities who are working to combat abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged, have until the 19th May 2017 to apply for funding through the AB Charitable Trust.
In particular, the Trust is seeking applications from charities...

Bristol’s social value on track

21 February, 2017 - 21:36
A report on Bristol City Council’s progress in instilling social value into its commissioning and procurement processes suggests that the City is on track to meeting its targets.  
These targets, as set out in the Social Value Policy which was adopted by the Council in...

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New data shows rise of mental ill health

2 February, 2017 - 15:28

The recently published House of Commons library briefing paper on mental health shows some concerning national trends regarding mental health. The report shows a rise in people reporting a mental disorder - up...

Birds eye view of the West of England

West of England - 'strongest economic recovery outside of London' - study says

2 February, 2017 - 15:19
The West of England has seen the strongest economic recovery outside London, according to a new report by think-tank Resolution Foundation, which suggests it has weathered the financial crisis better than an anywhere outside the capital. 
The report – A Western Union –...