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These stories grabbed my attention today:

Paul Twivy, founder of the Big Society Network tells NCVO conference that the Big Society is “divisive within the Cabinet” and “increasingly loathed by the public” — despite it being founded on potentially valuable ideas. Read it here.

Nick Hurd, civil society minister, says that applications to the £100m Transition Fund are lower than expected. He also says it is inevitable that some voluntary sector services will be lost but blames this on the increasingly threadbare argument of the “mess left by the last government”. Read it here.

Faced with continuing uncertainty that it will receive funding from the Financial Inclusion Fund, CAB has issued redundancy notices to 900 staff — staff providing debt advice. Read it here. So while bankers pocket bonuses from the public funds which in some cases saved their businesses — businesses almost destroyed by selling derivatives and sub-prime mortgages — publicly-funded debt advice for the most needy in society goes to the wall. Funny stuff, this Big Society, isn’t it?

  1. Deanne Reply

    ..absolutely hilarious Alun; its all back to front and upside down.

  2. Charles Rapson Reply

    Based on our experience, the reason applications to the Transition Fund might be low is because some councils are still trying to work out budgets and implications and havent written to ‘Civil Society’ organisations to tell them they will have funding cuts. You need the letter to apply.

    SNAFU again

  3. chris newis Reply

    There are 450 bids from LEPKs in the first round of Regional Growth Fund. None from Bham LEP! Unbelievablem

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