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Power to the people - what’s in the Localism Bill?
Details of the government’s proposals for decentralisation and shifting of power from the state to local communities and a summary of the government’s guide to their thinking about the Bill. Please let us know your questions about the Bill – email@example.com
or call 0161 339 4985.
Consultation on hire rates for Tameside Council town halls and community buildings
Room hire rates for Tameside Council’s town halls and community buildings have recently been reviewed and proposals for changes to charging rates have been made.
This will potentially have a big impact on a lot of voluntary, community and faith groups. We want to know what you think.The council now wishes to consult with local groups and organisations in Tameside about their proposals and have asked Tameside Third Sector Coalition (T3SC) to co-ordinate this.
Room hire rates have been raised as an important issue by the Community Action for Tameside Seniors (CATS), a network of groups providing activities for over 50s. T3SC realise that it is also an issue of interest to a wide range of groups.
For more information
about the consultation or to raise any questions please contact the T3SC Policy and Participation Team, Email Ben Gilchrist (Subject – ‘room hire rates consultation’),
Tel: 0161 339 4985.
Comprehensive Spending Review briefing
Briefing for voluntary, community and faith groups and organisations
The Comprehensive Spending Review fixes the spending budgets for each Government department for the next period of office (2010 – 2015) and was presented by the Chancellor, George Osborne to the House of Commons on 20 October 2010. This Spending Review comes at a time when the government is spending significantly more money than it raises in taxation and is having to meet the gap (deficit) by borrowing at record levels.
The exact impact is uncertain as many specific decisions and details are to be announced. Tameside Third Sector Coalition (T3SC) expect that Tameside’s statutory services will not be fully aware of their own individual budgets until the end of this year or beginning of 2011. However the spending review will undoubtedly affect voluntary, community and faith sector funding where government funding makes up 38% in the UK, and will be particularly relevant to the 13% of charities that get over half their income from government.
Key announcements in the Spending Review for the sector include a new £100 million transitional fund aiming to help the voluntary and community sector adjust to new public spending budgets and additional resources to implement the Big Society agenda.
For all sectors including the VCF sector these are uncertain times but they may bring opportunities as well as inevitable challenges.
T3SC has written a Comprehensive Spending Review briefing
to help understanding of the details and potential implications of the Spending Review nationally, regionally and locally. We will continue to work to support the voluntary, community and faith sector in Tameside and work with you to represent the sector’s views to decision makers as the implications of this spending review for our sector become clearer.
The great debate: 'Big Society - opportunity or risk?'
There has never been a more important time to consider the Big Society vision together and Tuesday 28 September saw Voice do just that as more than 100 people gathered for the Big Society Debate from 10.30am-1.30pm at Dukinfield Town Hall.
Voice hosted the debate for the community, voluntary and faith sector to ask their questions and get the information they needed from two guest speakers who presented alternative perspectives about the Big Society. Greg Burke the Deputy Director of Government Office North West put forward the opportunities of the Big Society and Nicola Headlam from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies argued the risks the vision presents.
Listen to their responses to the questions posed by the audience below:
Introduction to the Big Society debate by Ben Gilchrist, T3SC
Speakers Greg Burke, Deputy Director for Worklessness and disadvantaged groups at Government Office North West and Nicola Headlum, Research Fellow with the Centre for Local Economic Studies - part 1
Big Society Debate questions introduction
How do the Department of Work and Pensions view the situations of volunteers who have lost benefits due to the amount of time they work?
How will deficit cuts affect communities?
How will the Big Society protect the most vulnerable?
How will the sector deliver services with staff cuts?
The Big Society should be an holistic society
What do we do in the meantime?
What do the panel think about economic inequality in organisations
What will they do to provide for the vulnerable and when will they decide?
Where is the army of community organisers going to come from and how do you re-engage the wider population with the concept of volunteering?
Will groups get more of what they need-more support, affordable venues, bursaries, grants
Vote on views on Big Society and benefits or not?
View photos from the event:
Big Society Debate discussion notes (part report)
To receive a full report of the discussion on the day
and find out about follow up work on the Big Society in Tameside, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tameside Third Sector Summit - November 2010
On Tuesday 2 November 2010, over 100 people attended Tameside’s Third Sector Summit, arranged by T3SC, to hear Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Council, speak about ‘What Big Society means for us’.
If you weren’t able to attend this fantastic event and would like to get a ‘flavour’ of what you missed, you can listen to audio of the presentations and view a video interview with Seb, event photos and Steven’s presentation slides here
'What Do We Want To Change' - Voice event - February 2010
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