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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a report (March 2015) about the scale, nature and distribution of the cuts and austerity measures to local authority budgets. The research found that councils had adopted a three-pronged strategy to manage the cuts: preventative investment to reduce the need for services; efficiency measures to reduce costs and retrenchment actions to reduce the local authority’s role in service delivery. You can download the report by clicking The Cost of the Cuts: The Impact on Local Government and Poorer Communities

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Choice and Control A Housing Service for Older People Choice and Control is a pilot project based at The Bridge for older people, aged 60+, who want or need to move from their current accommodation. This may be because the home is in poor condition, too big (or small) for their needs, or is unsuitable for any other reason. The project will also undertake some work around hospital discharge processes for older people to identify whether any improvements can be made to address delayed discharge. Many older people, their families...
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Today is the first training session designed for workers from Charnwood Connect agencies to improve the signposting service we provide for clients.  Participants will find out more about the work of partner agencies and how to extract relevant details from this website in order to give clients better quality information.  They will also be introduced to the online Forum so, if you work in a partner agency, look out for even more news, discussions and questions appearing on the online Forum soon!

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Candy Arts CIC has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, ‘Rothley, Slavery and Me’. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the role Rothley, Leicestershire, played in the abolition of the slave trade across the British Empire. The ‘Rothley, Slavery and Me’ project will enable local young people to discover the story of the village’s role in these historic events.  For further information contact Robert Queensborough on  07545 863 437 or

Posted by & filed under Debt and Money, Poverty, Social Welfare.

The Diocese of Leicester has established a Fair Finance Task Group to develop a Fair Finance Strategy for Leicester and Leicestershire following the report of its Poverty Commission. The group has been charged with finding ways to build the financial resilience of residents and communities across Leicester and Leicestershire and is focused on reviewing current provision and developing an action plan in order to:   • Reduce the financial pressures on households • Improve access to fair and affordable finance • Help build financial capability • Ensure households in financial difficulty have access...
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'There’s so much lost when independence is threatened. Our society needs a thriving and independent voluntary sector – speaking up on behalf of often vulnerable and relatively powerless groups, helping to design better public services, and providing trusted support for countless communities and individuals across the country'. (Roger Singleton, Chair of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector in his foreword to a recent report by the Baring Foundation, 'An Independent Mission: The Voluntary Sector In 2015'.    

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Charnwood Borough’s cabinet recently approved its draft housing strategy 2015 for consultation. The consultation will run from 1st. February - 1st. March 2015 and can be downloaded here. Any questions or  comments about the draft strategy should be directed to: David Scruton, Housing Strategy and Support Manager Email: Tel: (01509) 634532

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As part of Government's national expansion of Universal Credit, the measure will be rolled out in the Borough of Charnwood between May - July 2015. The rollout will apply to new claims from single people, who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, including those with existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claims. A Partner Toolkit providing further information about the planned changes has been produced.    

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Cranfield Trust, founded by the Cranfield University School of Management, is offering a free subscription online HR service for charities and voluntary groups. You will be able to subscribe to HRNet, a weekly newsletter on employment law updates and access to expert HR advice. Pro-bono management consultancy support may also be offered to VCOs whose primary purpose is to address issues of poverty, disability and social exclusion. Click here for the link to the Cranfield Trust.