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Enabling grass-roots charities to tackle poverty

The Centre for Social Justice has published ‘Social Solutions: Enabling grass-roots charities to tackle poverty’, which argues for a much greater role for the social sector in public services. The CSJ wants more sensitive commissioning and the removal of regulatory barriers which prevent smaller organisations taking part, plus using dormant insurance policies to support innovation.

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Cities of Service launch in UK

Over the next 18 months, seven ‘Cities of Service’ will use a successful US model to encourage local volunteers to play their part in tackling some of the most pressing issues in their areas. The cities are Barnsley, Bristol, Kirklees, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swindon, and Telford and Wrekin, with plans ranging from clearing lofts ready for energy-saving insulation to schemes pairing young men with older mentors.

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Government statisticians to give analytical support to sector

A new scheme to match up voluntary sector organisations with help from government statisticians has been launched by the Government Statistical Service and NCVO.

The GSS Voluntary Sector Placement Scheme aims to arrange short placements of up to five days to provide analytical support. This could be advice on how to collect or analyse some data, or measuring impact, for instance.

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