BIG: Physically surviving a tour is just the start of a ‘mental battle’ for some - As the country marked Armed Forces Day, the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) called upon charities & forces organisations to step forward to run a £35m trust providing support for former UK military personnel and their families.
BIG is setting up the 20-year, independent, Forces in Mind Trust to provide long-term support & advocacy for former forces personnel to make a successful transition to civilian life, including those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War.
BIG wants the Trust to focus on addressing a range of problems that some veterans and their families can experience back in civilian life, which can include poor mental health, social exclusion, family breakdown and alcohol problems.
BIG has a long-standing legacy of supporting veterans across the UK. Since 2004 the Fund has given more than £50m to veterans or projects that involve learning about & commemorating their experiences. This includes the Heroes Return programme that has allowed Second World War veterans to visit the places where they saw active service.
CLG: Will this be the first government to actually substantially reduce the number of quangos? - A new democratic, fast track system for decision making on major infrastructure projects to support the UK's return to economic growth, has been announced by Decentralisation Minister, Greg Clark. Mr Clark confirmed that the Infrastructure Planning Commission - a quango with the power to approve major infrastructure projects - will be abolished in line with the Coalition Agreement.
It will be replaced with a new rapid & accountable system where Ministers, not unelected commissioners, will take the decisions on new infrastructure projects critical to the country's future economic growth.
A Major Infrastructure Planning Unit will be established in the Planning Inspectorate to continue fast-tracking major infrastructure projects like offshore windfarms & nuclear power stations. Ministers will take decisions on applications within the same statutory fast-track timeframe as the current regime.
In addition, all National Policy Statements (NPS), the Government's future infrastructure blueprints, will now be subject to ratification by Parliament. Ministers believe these critically important national documents must have the strongest possible democratic legitimacy.
New primary legislation will be brought forward to close the IPC. Until it is in place the IPC will continue to consider & determine applications as National Policy Statements are designated to ensure there is no delay in handling applications.
BIS: Alleviating the ‘cold turkey’ of regional public sector job cuts - Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, last week launched a £1bn Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to help areas & communities at risk of being particularly affected by public spending cuts.
The fund, which will operate in 2011/2012 & 2012/2013 will help areas most dependent on public sector employment as the country makes the transition to private sector-led growth and prosperity.
Nick Clegg also set out plans for local enterprise partnerships that will bring together councils & business on an equal footing with one voice, replacing the current Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).
Parties interested in forming local enterprise partnerships should submit outline proposals by 6 September 2010 to: Local Enterprise Partnerships, Economic Development Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 1 Victoria St, SW1H 0ET; or by emailing: LocalEnterprisePartners email@example.com'.
Further details of the RGF, and the creation of LEPs, will be set out in the forthcoming White Paper on local & regional growth. Ministers have also announced plans for a Green Paper on business finance.
Newswire – Demos: Better public services can ‘cost’ less than poor ones - Looked after children who have a poor quality of care – characterised by delay & instability – can cost children’s services up to £32,755 per child each year more than a positive care experience a report by Demos has found.
With the current care population in England & Wales close to 61,000 the potential emotional & financial savings that could be made if the care system was more proactive are considerable, shows the report In Loco Parentis (funded by children’s charity Barnardo’s).
Key factors that made a positive difference to a child’s life were:
* Early intervention where appropriate & steps to minimise delay between the decision to take a child into care and securing a long-term care placement
* Fewer, high quality, stable placements that are planned with a focus on stability
* Supported transition to adulthood for young people leaving the care system
It is the delays in removing the most vulnerable children from birth families at an earlier stage that show an association with poor mental health & behaviour. This early damage to a child significantly reduces their chances of being adopted or securing a long-term foster placement.
EU: No plans to sell by ‘eggact’ weight - MEPs are neither trying to ban the sale of eggs by the dozen nor the sale or marketing of Nutella. MEP Renate Sommer, who is steering legislation on food labelling through the European Parliament, said, "There will be no changes to selling foods by number. Selling eggs by the dozen, for example, will not be banned."
Reports that claim the new rules will not allow both the weight and the quantity to be displayed are also wrong. The new food labelling regulation does not affect existing EU rules on the size of eggs: There are four official sizes of eggs: very large (73g and over), large (63g to 73g), medium (53g to 63g), and small (under 53g) - this will not change.
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Industry News: - Give your slow computers the red card and boost efficiency whilst cutting costs - As we emerge from the worst global recession since the Second World War, the public sector is bracing itself for spending cuts designed to reduce the country’s major budget deficit. For many government departments this means finding true efficiencies now, to set themselves up for a lean few years. We hear reports of new purchases delayed, major projects suspended and recruitment and salary freezes in an effort to reduce expenditure.
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