Strengthening Welsh Government grants management

Final recommendations have been published from a review of the Welsh government’s grants system after a recent scandal. The Welsh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee calls for more stringent conditions for recipients and an annual report into statutory funding of the sector. Civil Society Media news item http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/15576/.

Welsh umbrella body WCVA says that the report could strengthen the code of practice for funding the third sector, for instance because the government should “clearly and explicitly” state its rationale for terminating or substantially cutting its funding to grant funded organisations, prior to doing so. » Continue reading news item ... “Strengthening Welsh Government grants management”

Policy maker perceptions of social justice advocacy

New research from Ireland reveals tensions between policy makers and social justice advocacy organisations.

‘In Other Words: Policy Makers’ Perceptions of Social Justice Advocacy’ is based on interviews with politicians, civil servants and others, raising issues around legitimacy, perception of self-interest and absence of self-reflection, and challenges of being both an insider and an outsider. Press release http://www.advocacyinitiative.ie/about/pressreleases.html or download via this page.

(Source: The Wheel)

Help with allotment design for Scotland

A new guide aims to help local authorities and gardening groups in Scotland design and cultivate allotment sites. The ‘Allotment Site Design Guide’ had government support, and is available at the Scottish Allotment and Garden Society in pdf (a massive 17.64MB) from http://www.sags.org.uk/docs/ScotlandAllotmentDesignGuide.pdf.

Official press release at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/06/Allotmentguide14062013 says “It is an empowering tool to avoid conflict about applications for new sites and help all interested parties reach an amicable solution”.