Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Latest news  11/08/2010

Review of Farm Regulation
This review seeks views to identify ways to reduce the regulatory burden on farmers, growers and food processors. Feedback is specifically requested on farm animals, growing and crops, food processing, business and management and environment and land management. This is an online consultation - do make a response if you are able.

Voluntary sector asked for their ideas on how to do more for less
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, have written an open letter to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors asking them to contribute their ideas to help reduce the deficit. They are being asked to share ideas about how they can help reduce the deficit directly with the Office for Civil Society.

Tackling the deficit and restoring confidence in the economy is a high priority. Significant savings have been made across all areas of Government, but the deficit reduction plan is not just about cuts. It is also about finding better ways of doing things.

The full press release and the open letter can be found on the Cabinet Office website.

ACRE and AMT to examine how local authorities can make the most of Community Led Planning and promote the Big Society
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Action for Market Towns (AMT) have announced the launch of a new project that will examine how local authorities can make the most of Community Led Planning (CLP) and promote the Big Society.

The project to be undertaken by ACRE and AMT will invite local authorities and civil society organisations to come together and share their experiences of supporting CLP. The outcome will be better knowledge about the relationship between the various parties involved in CLP delivery and result in a best practice guide that is expected to be published by March 2011.

The investment of time and effort by local authorities and others in supporting CLP will reap dividends if communities find better ways of delivering local services. At a time of increasing public spending cuts, ACRE and AMT believe that it is even more important for local authorities to find the best ways to maximising the benefit of involving themselves in CLP.

More information on the announcement can be found on the ACRE website.

Cutting red tape of summer fetes
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to stem the flow of relentless form filling, high costs and red tape for organising summer street parties and fetes. Extortionate, inconsistent costs and paperwork for road closures, risk assessments, and temporary event notices are barriers to community events. It can often take weeks and cost thousands of pounds for councils trying to process these applications, which can deter both councils and organisers from putting on events.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said; "Summer fetes and street parties are a great British tradition that we risk losing to overbearing bureaucracy.

"When it comes to putting on street parties, it's like a red tape tombola for organisers depending on which council is processing their application.

"Of course we want people to be safe and sound but common sense has to prevail. People are being turned off getting involved due to a merry go round of forms, rules that differ from one council to the next, time and expense. It is time to get a grip, especially if we are to cultivate a sense of community, fix broken Britain and create the Big Society."

The full announcement and further details can be found on the CLG website.

posted 11/08/2010
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