Charity and Voluntary Sector

HL: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of the umbrella body Homeless Link has responded to news reports of the Conservative Party conference recently putting forward a number of ideas for cutting the welfare bill by a further £10bn after the next Parliament - including limiting housing benefit for the under-25s.
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AUK1 in 4 people now consider care for older people the most important issue that will sway their vote, behind only the NHS and the economy, according to new research from Age UK

Half the population also said they were 'extremely' or 'very' concerned about how they or their family would be looked after when they got older.  In fact, only 25% of people think that older people are looked after properly in England.
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DUKPeople with diabetes who develop foot ulcers are at more risk of dying prematurely than those without the complication, a new large-scale study has found.  The researchers say the findings highlight the need for improved detection & management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers.
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DUKDiabetes UK is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Named Lectures at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, the largest of its kind in the UK.  The Named Lectures are a central feature of the conference and provide a platform to share information about recent developments in research & innovation in diabetes care.  The elected lecturers will have access to the 3-day conference and will be awarded an honorarium, travel and accommodation costs.
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CABConsumer Focus has found that many energy customers on Economy 7 or other ‘Time of Use’ tariffs, could be paying more than they need to for their energy.  Citizens Advice can help these customers get a better deal through Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October 2012).
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ICO: A social care charity has been served a monetary penalty of £70,000 after highly sensitive information about the care of 4 young children was lost after being left outside a London home, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced last week.
Press release & links ~ ICO:  A caveat that, as the Third Sector takes on the provision of many more services, they also take on legal duties (2nd item)
 
BIG: Voluntary & community sector organisations in 15 areas of England have recently been given the backing of the BIG Lottery Fund to enable them to work together to improve & better coordinate services to tackle the needs of people with deeply entrenched multiple & complex problems.
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CO: Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, has appointed Dame Mary Marsh to lead a review into leadership & skills in the voluntary sector. Dame Mary’s appointment follows the recent Cabinet Office publication of a paper outlining progress in making it easier to set-up and run charities and social enterprises.  This includes efforts to enhance skills & capability within the sector; to improve access to resources, volunteers and support networks; and to simplify regulation and to cut red tape.
Press release & links
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