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Presentations from VSNW Conference Available shimAdd News622 to Scrapbook
Please find below presentations from the conference on 22nd November:

Morning Sessions

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012-Tom MacInnes,New Policy Institute

The new health state and how to engage- Emma Easton, Regional Voices

Local Economic Partnerships- Neil McInroy, CLES

Afternoon Sessions

Community Rights-Jeff Scales & Anton Schultz, Locality

Public Health Reform & the Voluntary Community & Faith sector- Dominic Harrison,NHS Blackburn with Darwen

Public Health Market Development- discussion paper by Shirley Shinkfields distributed at the conference

Local Nature PartnershipsWhat, who, where, why?- Andy Yuille, CPRE

Community Budgets- introductory slides from Warren Escadale, VSNW

Social Care- Terry Dafter, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Chief Executive's Policy Group- Richard Caulfield, VSNW

Risks and Opportunities inthe new Public Health System-Dympna Edwards,Deputy Regional Director of Public Health (panel session)
Ageing and Ethnicity -inclusive policy and practice in diverse Britain shimAdd News621 to Scrapbook

13th December 2012, 10:30am-4:30pm
The Montague on the Gardens, 
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury,
London, WC1B 5BJ

Older people from BME communities still face significant inequalities in health and wellbeing outcomes, barriers in accessing appropriate health and social care services, and high levels of financial and social exclusion. This free of charge conference will highlight new research into ageing and ethnicity, and examples of local practice in developing inclusive services and engagement for and with older people from BME communities.

The conference will be engaging and participative, with a mixture of plenary and workshop sessions covering a variety of topics. The conference will be relevant for professionals and practitioners - both from the statutory and voluntary sectors - involved in developing policy and practice to address the needs of an increasingly diverse older population. Representatives of BME older people's organisations are also very welcome to attend the conference. For more information and for a full programme please visit the website.

A range of speakers have confirmed, we have also invited a Minister of State to offer the government's view on the topic.

If you would like to register for this event or would like any further information, please e-mail or call Cherry Russell on 020 3033 1608.



Is tackling in-work poverty the key for anti-poverty initiatives? The ‘low-pay, no-pay’ jobs market keeps millions in poverty and holds the economy back The annual Monitoring poverty report, written by the New Policy Institute, analyses trends to tell the story of poverty in the UK today. A set of 50 indicators covers a wide range of issues, ranging from low income, worklessness and debt, to ill-health and education. The report reveals the extent of in-work poverty and the dynamic nature of poverty, caused by people cycling in and out of work and an underemployed workforce. For the first time, the report examines the impacts of the current Government’s policies on poverty and exclusion.

It also examines welfare reform: who will be affected and what the impacts will be. Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2012 is an essential resource for policy-makers and researchers who need to understand the challenges of tackling poverty in the future. It found that:

  • 6.1 million people in poverty are in working households. Excluding pensioners, in-work poverty now outstrips workless poverty at 5.1 million households.
  • 6.4 million people now lack the paid work they want. There are 1.4 million part-time workers wanting full-time work – the highest figure in 20 years.
  • The churn of people in poverty or out of work is substantial. While 18% of people are in low income at any one time, 33% experience at least one period of low income in a four-year period, and 11% are in low income for more than half of that time.
More information from:
ROTA inquiry into racism in the classroom shimAdd News619 to Scrapbook

‘Racism In The Classroom. An Alternative Inquiry Into Education in London’ was published by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) in October 2012.

The aim of the publication is to ‘highlight the continuing impact of race inequality on education’.

Click here for details

DWP: Consultation on measuring child poverty shimAdd News618 to Scrapbook

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched a consultation on measuring child poverty on 15 November 2012.

This consultation asks how we can best reflect the reality of child poverty using a multidimensional measure.

A number of potential dimensions are proposed: income and material deprivation, worklessness, unmanageable debt, poor housing, parental skill level, access to quality education, parental health and family stability.

The consultation closes on 15 February 2013.

Click here for details

Click here for press release

Prime Ministers speech calling time on Equality Impact Assessments shimAdd News617 to Scrapbook

On 19 November 2012, David Cameron gave a speech to the CBI conference about ‘plans to help British business thrive’, in which he said ‘we are calling time on Equality Impact Assessments’.

The speech refers to proposals for:

  • Cutting back on judicial reviews
  • Reducing government consultations
  • Streamlining European legislation
  • Stopping the gold-plating of legislation at home

A number of Equality and Diversity Forum member organisations and others have responded, criticising the Prime Minister’s comments.

Click here for link to speech (as written) on the Prime Minister’s website

Click here for report on the BBC website

Click here for Disability Rights UK response

Click here for Fawcett Society response

Click here for NUS response

Click here for TUC response

Click here for response by Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP

Police and Crime Commissioners Candidates for the North West shimAdd News616 to Scrapbook
This document provides a summary all the Police and Crime Commissioners candidates for the 5 sub-regions in the North West including a short background, their key aims/pledges as well as their contact details.

National BME VCS Coalition: EHRC Race Commissioners Must Stay shimAdd News615 to Scrapbook

The Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Sector Coalitiondeplore the likely decision to axe two key race equality experts from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece had to re-apply for their positions but have not been selected for interview as board commissioners. These two commissioners have long track records of tackling racism and promoting race relations.


This symbolises a reinforcement of therace policy cleansing of the Coalition Government. It has so far refused to have a specific race equality strategy and is clawing back the Equality Actrequirements to monitor for race inequality in 40,000 public authorities. The government seems to think race equality is not important even though there are huge racial differentials in almost every socio-economic area including unemployment, education, low income and poverty. Hate crime against Muslims and Minority communities persists as a blight on British values.


Simon Woolley has led Operation Black Vote for many years and has campaigned over decades for race equality. He hasprotested about the disproportionate impact of EHRC budget cuts on the organisation's Black staff. Lady Hussein-Ece, used to lead the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats and has a lifelong record of campaigning for better race relations.


We are calling for race equality organisations and those who value race equality to express concerns directly to the Government. We need EHRC commissioners who understand and have a track record of working on issues of race equality, we need a government that supports the aim of race equality with action and resources.


At the very least commissioners should be appointed who have the confidence of minority ethnic communities and ideally Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece should be interviewed and given clear written reasons for the ensuing decision.

Fun, friendship and fair play The role of clergymen in the formation of Premier League football clubs a talk by Peter Lupson shimAdd News614 to Scrapbook

Sunday 4thNovember 2pm at Manchester Jewish Museum 190 Cheetham Hill Road Manchester M8 8LW

People don’t usually associate clergymen with football clubs. So you may be surprised to hear that some famous English clubs were started, or strongly influenced, by clergymen. These men were not after fame or fortune. Their goal was to promote the spirit of fun, friendship and fair play in the game.

Among the clubs that owe their birth to clergymen are Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Barnsley and Swindon while clergymen played a prominent role in the early days of Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.

Want to find out more? Come to the Museum and Peter Lupson will tell you all about it!

FREE with Museum admission

Bold deals to set more cities free for growth shimAdd News613 to Scrapbook

Twenty cities and their wider areas will be given the opportunity to bid for radical new powers to boost local growth, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Cities Minister Greg Clark will announce today.

The second wave of ‘City Deals’ invites twenty cities and their wider areas to compete for deals that would see Government devolve powers in exchange for responsibility for delivering growth locally. Cities from the successful first wave of deals secured groundbreaking powers including the ability to ‘earn back’ tax from the Treasury, devolved transport budgets and control of the skills budget for their city.

The first wave saw deals struck with England’s eight largest cities, with final sign off by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, and city leaders in July 2012. Today’s announcement is aimed at the next fourteen largest cities and their wider areas and the next six with the highest population growth between 2001 to 2010. These are:

  • the Black Country;
  • Bournemouth;
  • Brighton and Hove;
  • Greater Cambridge;
  • Coventry and Warwickshire;
  • Hull and Humber;
  • Ipswich;
  • Leicester and Leicestershire;
  • Milton Keynes;
  • Greater Norwich;
  • Oxford;
  • Reading;
  • Plymouth;
  • Preston and Lancashire;
  • Southampton and Portsmouth;
  • Southend;
  • Stoke and Staffordshire;
  • Sunderland and the North East;
  • Swindon and Wiltshire; and
  • Tees Valley.