MVSC eBulletin 20th November 2018

This Fortnight's News - 20th November 2018

NAVCA Autumn Statement Analysis

The Autumn Budget, also known as the Autumn Statement, is one of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's two main financial statements to the House of Commons each year.

NAVCA has produced a great analysis of the Autumn Statement 2018.  This suggests the Chancellor did not have much to say about the voluntery and community sector.

Most disappointingly, the Statement included no links between the objectives of the Government's Civil Society Strategy and Government funding.  NAVCA and its strategic partners had lobbied hard for use of dormant assets and the UK Prosperity Fund for this.

The Statement did outline fairly significant measures relating to health and social care services.  Mental health services were addressed directly and will receive more funding, with an investment of up to £250m by 2023/24.  This is intended to cover the cost of services including mental health support in every major A&E, a 24/7 crisis helpline and more community services.

The Government has pledged an additional £240m for adult social care in 2018/19 and a further £240m in 2019/20, intended to ease winter pressures on the NHS.  There will be an additional £55m in the rest of this financial year for the Disabilities Facilities Grant and £410m for both adults’ and children’s social care.

The Chancellor announced measures to ease the roll out of Universal Credit, including £1billion funding for the Department for Work and Pensions to help the transition to the new benefit, in-work allowances and support for claimants repaying debts.

Designing for Canons House and Gardens

Are you a budding architect, designer or engineer?  Want to learn more about how to design and build a playground? 

As part of The Canons House and Grounds Lottery project, Studio Hardie is putting on three workshops for parents and children to get involved with planning and designing the new playground at the Canons.  These will feed into the final design and build as part of the delivery of this exciting project.

These are free workshops aimed and children and their parents, hosted at Cranmer Primary School in the afternoon, and including refreshments.

The first workshop has taken place, as this flyer shows.  The details of the second workshop are:

Design Workshop: Stretch your imagination beyond your previous knowledge and design mock ups and models to understand scale and position.

When? 5 December; 15.30-17.00

Where? Cranmer Primary School

Please contact Mandy Walker at to register your interest.

Jean Pullen Celebrates her 100th!

Long-time Merton Resident, Jean Pullen, celebated her 100th birthday on 12th November at the North East Mitcham Community Association.  

Surrounded by family and friends, Jean had a great sing-along.

Jean moved to Mitcham with her husband in the 1940s, and they had three children here.

Jean is originally from Anglesea and is immensely proud of her Welsh heritage.  Her birthday cake was iced with a Welsh Dragon and rugby ball.  She received a card from The Queen on display at NEMCA - in Welsh.

The club at NEMCA is run by Pauline Robinson, Christine Gray and Angela Godfrey.  They are rightly proud of their food and can be contacted via Angela on 07776 237 759.

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