24/10/13 – Recognising Social Action

Congratulations to our members Anchor House and Body & Soul for being ‘highly commended’ in the Social Champion and Campaigning Team of the Year categories respectively at the Charity Times Awards 2013 held last week.


We're still after your Christmas cards! If your organisation is producing its own Christmas cards, we’d love to support you by buying some. If you’re interested, get in touch at [email protected].


FaithAction’s National Executive Director has written a new blog post on the state of the National Health Service and what can be done to save it..

“We do like the idea of people contributing; the original pre-1914 national insurance enshrined this principle. Most continental systems have the same principle. ‘Obamacare’ is on the basis of contributions.”

To read the full post, entitled Why ‘having your cake and eating it too’ is not a healthy option for the NHS, please visit our Blogs section.



Benefit cap failing to have impact, says new report

The Guardian reports on the first in-depth study carried out into the effects of the benefits cap, finding that it is neither causing unemployed to find work nor saving taxpayers’ money. Jobcentre officials and charity job advisers in the London borough of Harringey, where the cap was introduced six months ago, were interviewed by the Chartered Institute of Housing, who found that the few claimants affected by the cap who had found work were already classified as “close to the labour market” and were likely to have found a job regardless. Others affected were already in part-time work and had only increased their hours as a result.

Figures were also presented which show that the cap was saving the local council £60,000 per week in benefits, which was only 1% of the total amount paid weekly. In addition, £55,000 was spent per week on short-term grants to assist with rent shortfalls, and thousands more was spent on providing extra welfare advice.


Campaigning group Liberty damns new Immigration Bill

Liberty, a campaigning group for civil liberties and human rights, has published a response to the government’s proposed Immigration Bill, saying it was ‘irresponsible and unworkable’, and would only to lead to ‘greater dysfunction and complexity’. The response highlights five areas of the Bill it deems most problematic, including an erosion of the right to appeal when figures show successful appeal rates as high as 50% for entry clearances, immigration checks for access to private housing, banking and driving licenses, and a requirement that non-EEA nationals wishing to marry must first be investigated by the Home Secretary.

Isabella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, said, “In another desperate bid to look tough, Ministers have dreamt up a complex, bureaucratic nightmare, instead of tackling the delays and inefficiencies which blight the system.”

The full response can be found here.


Hajj pilgrims reminded not to travel if unwell

Public Health England has released an advisory asking those travelling to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to ensure they keep up-to-date on health advice due to on-going cases of respiratory illness caused by the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus. The full PHE statement can be found here.



Get Involved

Commissioning for Equality – Measuring Outcomes and Impact

Places are filling up fast for this series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau…

These free one-day training events are designed by New Philanthropy Capital, looking at the measurement and evaluation of social impact, with a focus on children's health.

The next event will take place in Leeds on 12th November.

For more information, please see our page on the event.


Funding available for active communities

The People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities scheme is providing funding to local area projects with the aim of improving neighbourhoods and making fairer places to live. They are offering between £5,000 and £25,000 per years for up to 2 years to non-profits with below £350,000 in annual income.


Response to Consultations on Immigration

The Home Office has published its responses to two consultations carried out regarding immigration earlier this year. The first response is regarding migrant access to health care services, while the second is regarding illegal immigration and private rented accommodation.




The Mental Health Foundation has released Crossing Boundaries, a report on the findings of their inquiry into integrated care for people with mental health issues.


The National Children's Bureau and Council for Disabled Children have released a new film, Talking Health, which looks at children and young people’s view of health.


Regional Voice’s guide to Who’s Who in health and social care, such as the clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards and Healthwatch organisations in each region, has been re-launched.