Angela Smith named new third sector minister

Angela Smith, the Prime Minister’s parliamentary private secretary and MP for Basildon, has been named as the new minister for the third sector.

Smith has also previously held positions as under secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government and under secretary of state for Northern Ireland, while between 1997 and 1999 she was an officer for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Charities and the Voluntary Sector.

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The Community Development Challenge

A report called The Community Development Challenge has been launched by Hazel Blears MP.

CDX was one of the lead authors of the report, along with the Community Development Foundation and the Federation for Community Development Learning, and a wider working group which became known as the 'CD2' group.

The report makes it clear that community development is crucial to government's community engagement plans. Because community development work is often hidden from the public gaze, it can sometimes seem that community achievements have occurred spontaneously. This gives a misleading picture to policy makers of what communities can achieve without support.

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Driving forward change for voluntary and community organisations.

Capacitybuilders – Delivering the ChangeUp Programme.

Capacitybuilders’ Board, meeting on 22 November, committed itself to a programme of change in the future delivery of national support services to the voluntary and community sector and social enterprises.

The Board’s decision was in response to a package of proposals recommended by Simon Hebditch, Chief Executive, aimed at ensuring that Capacitybuilders is able to offer the sector a coherent and sensible approach to the future provision of national support services. Hebditch’s recommendations draw on extensive research carried out by independent consultant Jo Durning.

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Invitation to Tender - write a briefing paper for funders on funding ICT

The briefing paper is to be written for funders.

The aim of the briefing is to provide a useful outline of things to consider when approached by voluntary and community organisations (VCO’s) with an ICTproject/initiative or when wanting to fund ICT as a funder. This piece of work follows on from the How to Cost and Fund publication that has recently been compiled. The ICT Hub recognises that it is important that both funders and VCO’s realise the importance of the total cost of ICT.Therefore, the briefings are aimed at funders and the publication produced for VCO’s.

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South Bristol C21 group - Bristol Transport Update

David Bishop, Bristol City Councils Head of Transport, updated the South Bristol C21 group on transport plans for Bristol. The city and the sub region have been earmarked nearly £200 million of £800 million over the next ten years out of the government's infrastructure pot for the South West's transport.

This will be used to implement the recommendations of the Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study that includes:

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