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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.

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.

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

The Norfolk County Council Contract Register

Norfolk County Council have published their contract register, which lists the council’s contracts, purchase orders and grants (including grants to the voluntary sector).

Transport in the community

Community transport plays an important part in tackling social isolation, maintaining well-being and enabling people to access health services. 

Sector Led Plan Published

We are pleased to publish today the Sector-Led Plan for Norfolk’s Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The consultation draft is available to download below

The plan marks the end of six months of engagement with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Norfolk. This has included workshops and one to one interviews with 200 sector representatives, 300 survey respondents and drawn on a wide range of data to get a strong understanding of the sector, it’s priorities and concerns.

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