Tag Archives: big society

Big Society and the ‘new austerity’

Last month the new economics foundation published its report on Surviving Austerity. Since the Coalition took office they have been following the impact of its welfare reforms and public sector cuts in the poorest parts of Birmingham and London, and these … Continue reading

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Social Investing and the International Context

Here on the VAHS Forum, we tend to focus on the voluntary sector in Britain, past and present. But in this global age, what happens here can have a direct impact on other parts of the world, as Jon Weier writes … Continue reading

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Prison and probation: Should charity have a role in criminal justice?

The Coalition Government’s announcement of plans to contract out probation services to the private and voluntary sectors last week represents another shift in the ‘moving frontier’ between state and voluntary action.  It is likely to fuel debates about the implications of policies … Continue reading

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Can student lawyer volunteers plug the legal aid gaps?

A recent Guardian article highlighted how university law centres will become ever more important in the light of the cuts that will result from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Lawyers have always offered some form … Continue reading

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Charity Closures and Changing Fortunes

In all of the pre-Christmas frivolity you may be forgiven for having missed an article in the Observer late last year, detailing how one in six charities could face closure this year. In the cold light of a New Year when many … Continue reading

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