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Posted: 29 May 2012
A forthcoming consultation will float the idea of fining charities that are late in submitting their annual information to the regulator. Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission, told a public meeting in Birmingham yesterday that it was considering fines for late submissions and incentives for charities that filed their data early. He said the proposals would be included in a consultation paper to be published early in the summer. He did not say how much any fines might be.... read more
Posted: 29 May 2012
The government has launched a new website aimed at promoting community ownership of local amenities. The Community Rights website has been launched by the Communities and Local Government department before regulations on community ownership come into force next month. The site highlights changes in the law intended to help community groups take over buildings or public services, or build new facilities through an abridged planning process. The website also includes case studies and maps of... read more
Posted: 24 May 2012
Transport for London (TfL) has today launched an online ‘Temporary Road Changes’ planning tool, enabling London’s road users to see how the areas where they live, work and visit will be affected, searchable by postcode. The tool is available at www.getaheadofthegames.com. The new ‘Temporary Road Changes’ tool currently includes information about the Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks (ORN/PRN) and the Road Event routes in London. More information, including traffic management around the... read more
Posted: 24 May 2012
Cabinet Office says the change will decrease the number of people requiring an enhanced check. Volunteers will be able to have "portable" criminal records bureau checks, under a new law passed earlier this month. The Cabinet Office said today that new measures introduced in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which gained royal assent earlier this month, will mean that volunteers can have a single check allowing them to work for multiple organisations. These changes will be part of the... read more
Posted: 22 May 2012
In 2007 INVOLVE became Merton’s Community Engagement Network and elected representatives from voluntary, community and faith organisations to sit on a range of partnership bodies alongside colleagues from key public and private sector agencies. INVOLVE representatives have played a hugely important role in developing and improving partnership working in Merton and ensuring that the voluntary sector is recognised and valued by local partners. INVOLVE’s successes include supporting the... read more
Posted: 22 May 2012
Applications to the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme will be closing at 10am on Monday 28th May. For more details or to apply please click here.
Posted: 22 May 2012
To see the latest events organised by Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage please click here.
Posted: 21 May 2012
The latest edition of the Merton Partnership’s e-bulletin is available to view here.
Posted: 21 May 2012
LINk Merton is a local network which enables people to influence health and adult social care services. We are looking for five people to join a newly formed steering group which will act as the decision making body in relation to the work programme and, in conjunction with the Host, promote the work of LINk Merton and ensure the voice of local communities influences local services.   For further information about the role of the steering group and how to apply see the documents below. If you... read more
Posted: 18 May 2012
As part of the Happy Soul Festival, South West London St George’s Mental Health Trust and local voluntary sector partners are holding a half day conference at Vestry Hall exploring BME mental health issues.   For more information click on the attached flyer below. This has also been a priority area for LINk Merton. To download a report from a workshop last autumn, please click here.  

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