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City of Devolution
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City of Devolution

The Conservative Government of the 1980s considered the Labour dominated city-wide council of its time to be an ‘out-moded’ and ‘anti-entrepreneurial’ institution that had no place in a contemporary state[1].  Fast forward thirty years, under a new Conservative Government, Greater Manchester has re-emerged with fireworks. Not only has the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (which overlays … Continue reading

HELP Enterprise: A Social Investment Action Zone Success Story
Provocations

HELP Enterprise: A Social Investment Action Zone Success Story

Last night I attended the launch of HELP Enterprise and Vital Invest CIC, a business incubator and investor for people in temporary accommodation. The project is an extension of charity Vital Regeneration’s original HELP Enterprise scheme to make micro-finance accessible to entrepreneurs, enabling them to expand their businesses. The HELP Enterprise project, born out of … Continue reading

News Wrap – 13.05.15
News Wrap

News Wrap – 13.05.15

With the final announcement last night of the new all-Tory government, we’re in the sector press today with comments on the reappointment of Reading East MP Rob Wilson as Minister for Civil Society. This seems to confirm the continued existence of the Office for Civil Society, for now at least. Wilson is also still facing … Continue reading

PM Cameron can revive One Nation Toryism – if he works with Civil Society
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PM Cameron can revive One Nation Toryism – if he works with Civil Society

Despite what the media may have you believe, a few of us saw the 2015 general election result coming. The fundamentals were always in place for a small Tory  majority; indeed CCHQ’s own private analysis, collated over several months in far more granular detail than any opinion poll, poll of polls, or betting market, predicted … Continue reading

The shadow?
Provocations

The shadow?

When Catherine Francis, of HM Treasury, spoke at the Transformation Summit (Public Services Transformation Network) in February this year she revealed the biggest non-secret of this parliament: that the financial crisis permanently damaged the UK’s predicted growth trajectory. Public sector income projections as a proportion of GDP (admittedly from their own Office for Budget Responsibility) … Continue reading

The power of third sector free speech: an analysis of sector campaigning by mission
Election Fever / Provocations

The power of third sector free speech: an analysis of sector campaigning by mission

From Oxfam’s Perfect Storm to the Prince’s Trust ‘Together we Can’ advert, the third sector gives voice to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society. ACEVO campaigns for its right to do so. We’ve bought together some election issues that have been foregrounded by charity campaigning and community action. Mental Health Campaigners have shone … Continue reading