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Voluntary Sector leaders express concerns over funding cuts to services for vulnerable people

Norfolk’s Voluntary Sector leaders are expressing concern about the impact of Norfolk County Council’s proposals for severe cuts to services for people in need of housing support, and also plans to make significant cuts to advice provision.

Norfolk Economic Intelligence Quarterly Report

Norfolk County Council’s Economic Development Team has produced the Norfolk Economic Intelligence Report, 

Charities and tax - useful information

It’s important to be aware of financial obligations that draw upon hard-earned income – but there are also benefits to be had. As a charity you can get certain tax reliefs but you must be registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

In case of emergency - Community Resilience Plans

Even though the county has some of the lowest rainfall in Britain, 42,500 homes in Norfolk are estimated to be at risk from flooding.  And we know that coastal erosion threatens the very existence of some homes.  How resilient is your community to these threats and others?

Great Yarmouth Charity and Volunteering Summit - Friday 8th April

Brandon Lewis, Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, is holding a Charity and Volunteering Summit Friday on Friday 8 April, between 10.00am and 3.30pm, at the Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth, with a light lunch provided for attendees.

Understanding Devolution in Norfolk

The 'East Anglia' Devolution Agreement was published by the treasury in March 2016 and signed by 22 of the 23 council leaders in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. It outlines how the new combined authority will work and the powers of the new directly elected mayor.

It can be viewed by clicking here 

In the press people will have read that there is still a lot of discussion and uncertainty with regard to how devolution will work and the relationships between the different areas.

The assumed roadmap is that:

  • Consultation and discussions will take place up to the end of June
  • Final plans will be agreed by local authorities to allow a formal period of consultation from July
  • Following this any secondary legislation would be agreed and a formal announcement following the consultation and any changes as a result would take place probably as part of the Autumn statement (nov)
  • There will be with the intention a new major and arrangement are in place in May 2017

 

NAVCA and Locality have published Devolution for People and Communities, a paper outlining a set of key principles which should underpin devolution form a VCSE perspective.

Key principles of devolution:

1. Creating a social economy.

2. Representation of the voluntary and community sector within new leadership structures.

3. Ensuring accountability through effective community engagement.

4. Decisions taken at the most local level appropriate.

5. Working with local organisations to transform public services.

You can read the full paper here

Background

Devolution is an opportunity for Norfolk, Cambridgshire and Suffolk to have more control over its funding and local decision making, including areas such as:

All Norfolk and Suffolk Councils and the New Anglia LEP are involved in the Government discussions concerning devolution.  CAN are currently exploring with partners locally the best way to ensure Norfolk’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is informed and engaged with the devolution process.  

  • Transport
  • Housing development
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic development

Re-imagining Norfolk - Community Action Norfolk's consultation response

Community Action Norfolk's consultation response to the Norfolk County Council Re-imagining Norfolk consultation process

MoneyWise HomeSafe Norwich Project

The MoneyWise Homesafe BIG Lottery funded Project helps local Norwich tenants, of any age, manage their bills with more confidence; giving them the power to change how they deal with their money. 

Minimum Wage and Living Wage

 New legislation means that employers must start paying the National Living Wage from April 2016.  

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