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The Coalition government has stepped up its process of decentralisation and devolution of power to local authorities and their communities. Local authorities will have the liberty to make decisions about allocation of resources free from central government guidelines. An increasing role for the VCS to deliver public services is expected. VCS organisations are expected to have a key role to play in identifying needs as well as delivering services. This page deals with policies that have an impact on funding, commissioning and procurement for the VCS.

Rachel Quinn's latest two blog posts on VCS cuts

Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands, has published her latest two blog posts. Putting context on voluntary sector cuts aims to explain who in the sector will be hit hardest and why, and What do cuts mean on the ground outlines the real impact of cuts to homelessness support and hostel accommodation in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. To read both the blog posts click here.

March Match Fund at

From 9am on 1 March, the March Match Fund will match all donations made to charities in England until their fund of £375,000 is allocated.

One East Midlands mentioned in Guardian blog post

Patrick Butler, Editor of Society, Health and Education Policy for the Guardian, has posted a blog post on disproportionate council cuts to charities, highlighting the cuts by Nottinghamshire County Council and featuring a link to One East Midlands Chief Executive Rachel Quinn's blog posts on the issue.

New online social investment tool

NCVO and CAF Venturesome have launched Social Investment Made Simple, a free online resource on social investment and the different financial models available to charities. The tool defines the different forms of social investment and aims to help VCS organisations understand what could work for them. It showcases examples of charities of varying sizes that have used social investment to successfully grow their organisation and signposts users to further sources of support.

Latest four blog post from One East Midlands Chief Executive

One East Midlands Chief Executive Rachel Quinn has published her latest three blog posts on the Big Lottery Fund's Building capabilities for impact and legacy consultation, and following her interview on BBC Radio Nottingham and a later statement realised by the council, the Nottinghamshire County Council cuts to the VCS.

Entitled Demand led infrastructure - how, why and who's benefiting and Nottinghamshire cuts - what's the story (parts 1, 2 and 3), the posts can be viewed here.

Successful Transforming Local Infrastructure bids announced

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd has announced the successful bidders to the £30million Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund, including five in the East Midlands who share £2,311,768:

Funding announced for new VCS apprenticeships

Skills - Third Sector has announced that new advanced apprenticeships in campaigning, fundraising and volunteer management have been approved by the National Apprenticeships Service for funding by the Skills Funding Agency.

This announcement, which comes prior to National Apprenticeship Week 2012, means that VCS employers can now obtain help towards the training costs of apprenticeships in these professions.


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