April 2011

A BASE survey has found evidence of widespread fears that local authority funding for the sector will be drastically cut. The survey found that 40% of respondents were expecting cuts of over 30% in their local authority funding. While many of these local decisions remain unconfirmed, we are hearing of a number of services that have either been scrapped or told to expect cuts of over 50% in their funding.

Social Firms UK has produced a guide to help supported businesses convert into sustainable social enterprises.

DWP has published a handbook as part of a training programme for healthcare professionals approved or appointed by the Department for Work and Pension's Chief Medical Adviser to carry out benefit assessment work.

The Government has launched a new strategy to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

There's been a flurry of articles and blogs following publication of the list of preferred bidders for the Work Programme. The following question the level of involvement of the voluntary sector in the new programme: Polly Toynbee (Guardian, 4 April) This benefits bonanza is more big Serco than big society

The Government has announced those contractors that have been chosen to deliver its Work Programme from June.