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LATEST EVENTS MEMBERS ARCHIVE JOURNALS SERVICES ABOUT

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Grass Roots Online Issue 30

The Civic Trust - creating better places for people 18/09/08
Charity Commission shares lessons of compliance work
The Charity Commission has recently published a detailed report highlighting real-life examples of problems that are being faced by charities that the Commission has dealt with over the past year. 'Charities Back on Track' is designed to help charities avoid experiencing the same difficulties. The report covers good governance, fighting fraud, fundraising, vulnerable beneficiaries, tackling the threat of terrorism, and disputes and explains how the Commission dealt with them.
Working with Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements
This study explores the relationship between four New Deal for Community (NDC) partnerships and their Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), and what impact if any this has on the Local Area Agreement (LAA). It assesses the extent to which each influenced the other, identifying what helped and what hindered the development of the relationship, concluding with a summary of the implications for both policy makers and practitioners.

Click here to access the study
Planning Bill loophole

LACORS, which oversees councils' environmental protection work, has written to Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears expressing concerns that thousands of people will lose the right to complain about noise, pollution or disruption caused by the construction of major infrastructure projects under proposals set out in the Planning Bill. Council leaders are warning that the controversial clause would silence local opposition to new building projects via the back door.

Major boost for housing design quality
Local authorities are being urged to assess the design quality of all new housing schemes against Building for Life standards after they were endorsed by government.

The Building for Life standard is included in the government's updated annual monitoring report guidance for local and regional planning authorities. Each housing scheme will be assessed against the 20 criteria, which are jointly promoted by CABE and the Home Builders Federation, the industry body representing the major residential developers.
Charity donations fall as demand for services grow
Results of a survey released by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the Association of Chief Executives of the Voluntary Sector (acevo) suggests that the effects of the slowing economy is starting to have a huge impact on charities.
If your charity is suffering from the slowing economy, why not look at raising money online with the Charities Aid Foundation and the online donation service it provides.
"I love exploring buildings!"

Hundreds of thousands of people shared the sentiments of Civic Trust President Griff Rhys Jones, and took advantage of a record 3,717 places and events taking part in this year's Heritage Open Days (11-14 September). From Cumbria to Kent, over 35,000 volunteers opened properties and gave special guided tours. Over 8,000 visitors alone flocked to Bentley Priory, Stanmore, headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Promoted by features on national and local BBC television (not to mention Chinese and Japanese TV), and articles in the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mirror and the Times, Heritage Open Days 2008 was a huge success. Thank you to all organisers and volunteers who made the event happen. We would love to hear how your events went and if you have any photographs email them to kcondy@civictrust.org.uk

Five stars for your favourite Heritage Open Days Event
Heritage Open Days may be over, but visitors can still access the event directory to leave feedback and rate their visit at http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk Please go to our online event directory, search for the entry of the place or event you visited and leave a comment or share your memories with us. To rate your visit you can award one to five stars. Simply hover with your cursor over the stars from left to right so that they turn pink one after another and then click to submit your verdict.

MyCard

The Civic Trust launched a pilot of an exciting new programme in Redruth last week. My Card is a loyalty card, which encourages people to shop locally, with the added benefit of donating to charitable causes. Retailers in Camborne, Pool and Redruth attended a meeting to find out more about the benefits of the card to both shopkeepers and shoppers, and was a definite success. The area is one of the first in the country to launch the project, which will go live next year, and the Civic Trust is keen to hear from other areas who would like to find out more.

Clone Town Survey - calling for one hour of your time
Ever since nef released the results of the first ever Clone Town Britain survey in 2005, the debate on the health of our high streets has barely left the spotlight. It is now time to spend one hour of your time taking part in the next Clone Town Survey.
If you would like to learn more about what the Civic Trust is doing in this area click here
Become a Specialist Advisor to The Civic Trust
Would you like more information about well designed and managed city centres at night? Would you like advice on licensing legislation? Transport provision? The Civic Trust want to establish a virtual team of Civic Societies who are keen to communicate with each other, offer advice and share expertise, and in doing so help The Civic Trust develop a series of fact sheets about the evening and night time economy.

If you would be interested in supporting us in this initiative, please click here.
Sincerely,
Civic Societies Team
The Civic Trust
T: 0151 231 6908

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