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National Living Wage Comes in to Effect on 1st April

The National Living Wage (NLW) comes into effect from the 1st April, and employers will need to ensure they are compliant with this by that date.

Organisation Strength Checking Tool

Big Lottery Fund in partnership with the Cabinet Office have developed a website that can provide charities, community groups and social enterprises with free personalised reports on how to improve their performance and sustainability.

Recruiting and Retaining Transgender Staff Guide

The Government Equalities Office has published guidance about practical considerations when recruiting and retaining transgender staff. 

Age Action Alliance’s Employer Toolkit

Age Action Alliance’s Employer Toolkit offers guidance for those managing older workers, and details ways they can better manage their workforce.

The Friends of the Elderly - Support for older people

The Friends of the Elderly provide financial support to those most in need through their grant giving service, in order to help prevent many older people having to choice between heating their homes and other essentials. 

Upcycling Painting Class (King’s Lynn) - Starting 5th March

The Purfleet Trust invites you to join them at upcycling painting classes, every four weeks starting Sat 5th March from 11.00am-2.00pm at the Olive Branch, Centre point, Fairstead, King’s Lynn. 

What is the European Rural Parliament

The European Rural Parliament aims to strengthen the voice of rural communities in Europe and ensure that the interests of rural communities are strongly reflected in national and European policies.

Save the date: Forward Together – Norfolk VCSE Sector Conference

Following the success of Community Action Norfolk’s ‘Stronger Together’ conference last year, the theme continues, building on the recognised strength and vitality of Norfolk’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.  Save the date – Weds 6th July, at the King’s Centre, Norwich– and we will be sending out more details shortly.

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

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans

NHS England requires that local NHS produce two separate but connected plans:

  • A five year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which drives the Five Year Forward View and is place-based
  • A one year Operational Plan for 2016/17, which is organisation-based but consistent with the above mentioned emerging STP

CAN is currently working to ensure that these plans will incorporate effective engagement with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and will circulate more information, when it becomes available.

You can read more about current progress, as well as see the 'checkpoint' document which gives an indication of early thinking, on the Healthwatch Norfolk website here

To contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group please click here

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