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Latest Policy Issues

The policy “landscape” for voluntary groups has changed very substantially since the coalition government came into power. There have been a very substantial number of policy developments directly or indirectly affecting the sector but we think these are the big issues for groups in the South West:

Reform of health and social care…are new commissioning structures properly engaging with voluntary and community groups and are these groups involved in strategic planning for example through Health and Wellbeing Boards  More on health and social care...

Social Value… will the new Act really ensure that added social, economic and environmental value be fully factored into commissioning decisions? More on social value...

The Localism Act…will the new rights and opportunities for communities and community groups materialise in practice?
Localism Resource Guide...
Localism in the South West: A Snapshot 

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)…to what extent are LEPs engaging with voluntary groups and communities in their patch?

Support for voluntary groups…will the government’s and Big Lottery Fund’s approach to a more market driven approach to delivering support to groups really work?

Social investment…are the new social investment providers and intermediaries really offering finance on better terms than the commercial market and is it really relevant to small and medium size groups?

Payment by results…how can organisations (especially small and medium size ones) hope to operate in a payment by results based model without support with cashflow and without putting their whole organisation at risk?