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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?