Civil Society Media has a number of articles about issues around the Lobbying Act, which comes into play from 19th September. A sector meeting with the Electoral Commission last week (5th August) to discuss the guidance it had issued led to a “heated exchange” and the regulator tried, but failed, to clarify the guidance, according to ACEVO, the chief executives group.
Clinks, the body supporting organisations that work with offenders and their families, has published ‘More Than A Provider: The role of the voluntary sector in the commissioning of offender services’. It is based on interviews with frontline organisations over the course of a year, commissioners and a discussion workshop to hear from both providers and commissioners.
The Change Makers is a celebration of individuals who have made a difference – the founders of brilliant, innovative initiatives that over the last 5 years have had a big social impact. Run by Do Something Brilliant, from Community Channel, and The Sunday Times, those selected for the award will be profiled in the newspaper and feature in a further forty newspapers around the world. The prize also includes communications support from The Sunday Times and Media Trust, £1000 cash to put towards the winning innovation and national television coverage on Community Channel.
A new report from Charles Leadbeater, chair of the Nominet Trust, argues that the internet is in danger of failing to live up to its potential to improve people’s lives. A Guardian article also says that the Better Web report points to progress being made by charities and social enterprises as reason for optimism – read ‘ “We need the Mary Beard prize for women online” author claims’ at http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/07/charles-leadbeater-mary-beard-prize-women-internet-nominet
A further Guardian article based on the report takes a look at a few examples, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/07/charles-leadbeater-internet-not-doomed-better-web. Or download the ‘Better Web’ provocation paper (pdf, 184KB) from http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/NT%20A%20Better%20Web.pdf.
From Out-law.com: Companies buying personal data from third parties to use in direct marketing campaigns must “satisfy themselves” that data was “properly sourced, permissioned and cleaned”, according to a new industry code developed by the Direct Marketing Association.
The Peterborough Prison Social Impact Bond, launched in 2010 as the first such bond in the UK, has published its initial results. A ten per cent reduction in re-offending was needed to trigger a payment to investors at this stage, but it achieved 8.4%. This rate still means a later payment will be due, if it continues.
Following a series of seminars that it hosted on how the independence debate would impact on charities, Carnegie UK Trust has created a ten step guide designed to be shared widely across the sector. http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/blog/july-2014/ten-steps-for-charities-and-the-indyref.