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/.

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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.

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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.

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