A Miscellaneous Update
Royal Mail at Christmas
The Royal Mail are running a scheme where they are offering a helping hand for people to post their Christmas cards if they are in receipt of certain benefits.
From the 6th November until Christmas Eve, anyone receiving the following benefits can buy 36 stamps at Christmas 2011 prices:
Which benefits are eligible?
· Pension Credit,
· Employment Support Allowance,
· Incapacity Benefit,
· Unemployability Supplement.
A voucher leaflet will be delivered to their homes from the Royal Mail, which they can take to any Post Office with proof that they are in receipt of the above benefits to claim their stamps.
If they wish to find out more about this offer contact Royal Mail Customer Services on 08456 016 248
Inquiry asks: What next for localism?
Parish councils have launched an inquiry asking the question: What next for localism? The inquiry is being coordinated by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), which represents the interests of
8,500 town and parish councils. It is asking key stakeholders in local
government and beyond for their analysis, insight and advice on where localism
needs to go next. Findings will be made available to the government, the
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy and local councils themselves.
The inquiry is being run in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Group
on local democracy, which is chaired by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Borders. http://www.rsnonline.org.uk/politics/inquiry-asks-what-next-for-localism England
The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) is an impartial, collaborative initiative that aims to increase community access to land across the
, for activities such as food
growing, gardening, wildlife and play. The service works in two ways; firstly
by collaborating with stakeholder organisations to influence policy and
legislation; and secondly by providing online information resources and through
detailed technical advice given by our advisors. CLAS, which was set up in
response to the huge demand in recent years for community-run green spaces
(particularly for food), helps community groups, private landowners and land
managers to gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing
impartial technical guidance on lease agreements and related issues. CLAS is
run by the Federation of City Farms and UK ,
a charity which supports communities to manage their green spaces. http://www.communitylandadvice.org.uk/ Community Gardens