VSNW participated in a response, co-ordinated by NCVO with a number of participants, into proposed changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations. The final submission is now available.
VSNW response to the Big Lottery's Building Capabilities consultation
25 March 2012
The little funding available to the voluntary and community sector should be used intelligently to provide opportunities to add value, develop coherent, incremental support models, and operate with a rounded, conscious understanding of local and non-local strategic contexts.
BIG’s money should provide the best opportunities to build sustainable frontline support provision.
Caring for our future: shared ambitions for care and support submission
15 December 2011
VSNW wrote this submission following the feedback received from around the North West to this Department of Health consultation. The form requests feedback around seven questions including personalisation, modernisation and early intervention.
Our nationally acclaimed briefing (picked up by NAVCA, NCVO and Directory of Social Change) highlights five points:
► Lottery funds should be the catalyst for innovative social investment
► Commitment to focus on funding the third sector
► Need to adequately define “Social Enterprise”
► Lottery funding should not be a substitute for Government spending
► Funds should be distributed on evidenced need that includes consideration of communities of interest and identity
Open Public Services White Paper (OPSWP) consultation submission
7 October 2011
Reflecting on the five principles of OPSWP (accountability, fairness, diversity of provider, choice and decentralism), VSNW's submission seeks a model of public services that can provide effective and innovative answers for specific communities rather than a model most acceptable to the largest block of 'customers'.
In this context, VSNW's submission considers how the voluntary and community sector can play its part in supporting the development of diverse markets.
NW submission to ACEVO's Commission on Youth Unemployment
27 September 2011
This joint submission by One North West, the Women’s Solidarity Forum and Voluntary Sector North West on Youth Unemployment outlines isssues relating to:
► Early intervention
► Incentives to private sector organisations
► Tackling discrimination
► Learning the lessons from the Future Jobs Fund
► Supporting VCS to engage in the Work Programme
► Beyond growth
The Women’s Solidarity Forum in partnership with VSNW, One North West and Oxfam, delivered an event at the end of May that brought together seventy one women from across the women’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the North West to respond to Government’s Strengthening Women’s Voices consultation.
Best value: new draft statutory guidance consultation response
15 June 2011
VSNW recommends that:
1. The definition of 'best value' is strengthened in order to:
i. embed, and develop a better understanding of, social, environmental and additional economic value in order to commission better services and further improve current services
ii. develop a strategic procurement tool for authorities to build big local economies and encourage mini, neighbourhood-level enterprise zones
2. The Duty to Involve is not repealed
NW Voluntary and Community Sector Future Forum Response
7 June 2011
A meeting with the voluntary and community sector in the North West took place with the Dept of Health as part of the 'Listening Exercise' on NHS Reforms. Members of the Dept Health listened to the issues and concerns of those organisations who work with patients and service users in the region. This is the response VSNW submitted based on the discussions that took place on 23rd May 2011.
Consultation Response to Healthy Lives, Healthy People - our Strategy for Public Health in England
4 April 2011
VSNW wrote this response drawing on the two consultation events that were held in the North West - Preston and Warrington - attended by over 100 people. It is a response to the Strategy document and also to the two consultation papers on Commissioning and Funding Routes and the Outcomes Framework.
VSNW's response to the consultation includes recommendations for Government to:
► Make the most of Local Infrastructure Organisations
► Use the consolidation grant pot to support shift in local infrastructure organisation’s services to suit new policy context
► Do more to help build ‘Big Local Economies’
VSNW's response calls for a commissioning process that helps to build 'Big Local Economies' through:
► "Co-designed" equality-proofing
► Adoption of 'social value' in scoring
► Outsourcing VCS monitoring requirements to VCS-owned brokerage support
Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS - Transparency in Outcomes Response
13 October 2010
VSNW wrote this response based on the information gathered at the Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS Consultation event held on 7th September 2010 in Manchester attended by over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector.
Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS - Regulating Health Care Providers Response
13 October 2010
VSNW has written this response based on the information gathered at the Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS consultation event held on 7th September 2010 in Manchester attended by over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector.
Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS - Local Democratic Legitimacy in Health Response
13 October 2010
VSNW has written this response based on the information gathered at the Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS consultation held on 7th September 2010 in Manchester attended by over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector.
Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS - Commissioning for Patients Response
13 October 2010
VSNW has written this consultation based on the information gathered at the Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS consultation event held on 7th September 2010 in Manchester attended by over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector.
Submission on Local Enterprise Partnerships to the BIS Select Committee
11 October 2010
VSNW's submission to the BIS Select Committee on Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) recommends Government publishes formal guidance asking LEPs to ensure formal VCS representation in their constitution and the benefits of VCS inclusion.
VSNW's response to the National Lottery Shares consultation
23 August 2010
In our submission to the consultation, VSNW:
► Questions the thoroughness of the Impact Assessment
► Calls for a more fully developed rationale for the policy change based on VCS need
► Calls for reconsideration of the proposed phased April 2011 change
Regional Leaders' Board Accountable to the North West
16 March 2010
VSNW wrote in support of 4NW's model of a Leaders' Board for the North West that incorporates social, economic and environmental partners (SEEP) alongside strong local authority representation. The North West is the only region proposing a model that would include a representative from the third sector.
Regional Strategy (RS2010) Part 1 consultation response
26 February 2010
Working with five sub-regional partners, 1NW and North West Environmental Link, we engaged over 200 organisations directly in the consultation events to develop our response to RS2010.
The response is quite lengthy but some key messages from the sector we have raised are the role of volunteering in the strategy (currently too understated) and the role the third sector can play across all four strands identified to ensure we meet the ambitious aim for the NW.
VSNW submission: There is widespread VCS recognition that there is a need to develop a care system which provides equitable access across the region to services that reach an agreed standard of quality.
In responding to this consultation VSNW focussed on two aspects that impact on VCS groups delivering health and social care services in the North West:
►national versus local funding schemes
►joined up approaches
Regional Strategies and Leaders' Boards consultation response
1 November 2009
VSNW’s consultation response places particular emphasis on:
►Mainstreaming the equalities impact assessment within the Sustainability Appraisal process
►Clarifying the right for local authorities to determine the structure of their regional Leaders’ Board
►The benefits of formal third sector inclusion on the Leaders’ Board
►Potential for equal emphasis on geographic and identity/interest communities
►The offer for regional third sector involvement in developing the national core sustainability framework.
Refreshing the Compact: a framework for partnership working
15 October 2009
VSNW's response to the proposed new national Compact calls for:
►the means to further embed aspects of the Compact
►light touch initiatives to support third sector delivery of large programmes like DWP's
►closer links between Equalities Impact Assessments, strategic commissioning cycles and grant funding
The three key points of VSNW's response to the Government's consultation on actions to support the third sector through the economic downturn are:
Ensure that the voluntary and community sector appropriately, directly and strategically engages with economically focussed decision-making processes at every spatial level.
This way the potential, perspective and knowledge of the sector be embedded and fully support the work of private and public sector partners to minimise the impact of the economic downturn - for the benefit of badly affected communities and VCS groups - and support economic recovery.
The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill offers a key opportunity to guarantee voluntary and community sector engagement in local economic assessments.
Construction projects in partnership with the voluntary and community sector could be fast-tracked.
Includes an outline of the scope of the voluntary and community sector in the North West. A short version, not linked to explicit sources of evidence, which focuses on the size of the sector in the North West, is published as Briefing #08.
Volunteering Fund Success Stories in the North West
Two of the six case studies looking into how voluntary organisations can be sustainable are from Blackburn with Darwen. These provide valuable lessons for thinking about the future direction of the sector in public service delivery.