While much has been said about what the voluntary sector can offer to help make devolution a success, little is known about the extent to which it has been involved in the development of proposals or implementation of deals.

To address this gap in understanding, NCVO, CFG, NAVCA, Locality and Regional Voices have all teamed up to survey the sector on their experience of devolution to date.

The survey will run until mid-September and is based on multiple choice questions.  It  should no more than 5 minutes to complete, although it is hoped that the information gathered will provide a crucial insight into which areas are most in need of support with their cross-sector engagement.  Take part in the survey now.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK before the deadline on 16th September 2016 for the 2017 awards.

Any group, that has been running for 3 years or more, of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

To be nominated they should do work that provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community, is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it and is run locally. 

Find our more and make a nomination here.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking reassurance that European funded projects already signed off by Government will continue to be delivered.

Chair of the North East LEP Andrew Hodgson said, “We are hopeful that these projects will be honoured by Government and deliver important support to businesses and local people before Brexit happens.  EU funding has hugely benefited the North East over the last few decades and we are lobbying Government for clarity and seeking assurances that any potential future funding gap will be filled.   We urge the Government to provide this guidance quickly to ensure opportunities to create jobs and growth are not lost.”

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 will bring in changes to the benefit cap that was introduced in April 2013.  The new act includes lowering the benefit cap to £20,000 for families living outside of London (£23,000 for those in London), with two new exceptions for certain carers and guardians being introduced at the same time.  The new changes will likely impact in the Autumn 2016.

Read the Benefit Cap External Partner High Level Briefing.

The Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) programme is a process for using funding to help fishing communities tackle local issues.

This survey is part of the development of a proposal to access FLAG funding for the North of the Tyne area. This area includes 14 distinct fishing communities and 12 active fishing ports – from Berwick-upon-Tweed (in the north) to North Shields (in the south). 

The total amount of funding likely to be available is around £800,000 over a 3 year period (March 2017 until March 2020). The application is being prepared by Northumberland County Council with support from NIFCA and North Tyneside Council.  This survey is an opportunity for you to help shape the proposal and tell us what you think the local priorities for this funding might be. 

Click on the link to access the survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LLWW76N. The deadline for completion is 25 July.