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Cuts are putting parks on 'road to ruin', say experts. Two prominent parks historians are warning that innovation and new income streams cannot rescue the parks sector from the funding crisis it faces - and that the sector must continue to fight for recognition from Government. Speaking at the Paxton 150 conference held in Sheffield on 11-12 September, the Parks Agency's David Lambert - an expert adviser to the 1999 town and country parks inquiry of the Commons environment, transport and regional affairs committee - said Government "zealots" are refusing to learn from history and repeating the mistakes of the 1980s.

Although the past 20 years have seen parks rescued from free fall, public spending cuts have reversed those gains and are putting parks "on the road to ruin", said Lambert. The 2013 Rethinking Parks report considered a range of options from philanthropy through to community and business involvement in parks. But Lambert warned that history shows there is no alternative to local authority custodianship for most neighbourhood parks. Why Girls Aloud have got it right on hypothecated taxes - 06 Nov 2007 - James' Blog: a blog from BusinessGreen. The first time I stumbled across the term hypothecated taxation was in an article late last year about an interview the pop group Girls Aloud had given with the New Statesman. Now there's a sentence you don't get to write too often.

In the interview the UK's finest purveyors of innovative power pop and lad mag photo shoots revealed that they are broadly in favour of higher taxes, but only if you get an indication where the money is being spent. As band member Kimberly Walsh observed in a comment that revealed the group to be a bit more politically astute than you'd expect given the majority of their public pronouncements are reserved for the slagging off of Charlotte Church: "You'd happily pay taxes if you thought, I'm paying them so a fireman or a nurse can have a decent wage. People just want to know it's going to the right people. " It is easy to understand this widespread support for hypothecated taxation. For businesses the appeal of such ring fencing is even more pronounced. Funding the National Health Service (NHS) – Mark G. Hayes | Durham Abbey House.

From the perspective of Catholic Social Thought (CST), the National Health Service (NHS) does pretty well. As an exercise in solidarity promoting the common good, it is hard to gainsay; and, the Catholic Bishops want ‘a robust National Health Service on which we can all rely’. In terms of human dignity, David Cameron said at the pre-Election Question Time that he had experienced love in the NHS: a statement that not even the most cynical pundit has lampooned. As a current beneficiary of intense NHS care, I find myself in agreement with Cameron, even if its almost military procedures jar with our modern convenience culture. While all large institutions can be insensitive to individual needs, I have found its large-scale systems flexible and responsive and the commitment of individual staff to patient dignity highly visible even on a six-bed public ward.

After 7 May, the Government will face the issue of the long-term funding of the NHS. Like this: Like Loading... Tough times continuing as study sees managers fearing more cuts. Nearly a fifth of parks managers expect to lose up to 50 per cent of their budget over the next five years, according to a recent survey. Almost all (99 per cent) of respondents to the study by the Association for Public Service Excellence expect to lose budget over the next five years, with 18 per cent anticipating cuts of between 20 and 50 per cent.

The annual Parks & Green Space State of the Market survey found the majority of parks managers (75 per cent) think the cuts are affecting parks and green spaces disproportionately to other service areas. A total of 60 per cent expect to lose jobs through natural wastage, 46 per cent through voluntary redundancy, 46 per cent through a freeze on recruitment and 24 per cent through compulsory redundancies. Only 19 per cent expect no job losses. Respondents are also concerned about the impact of these changes. Picking up the slack are volunteers - 84 per cent said they are involved with 68 per cent saying it is increasing. Pbpartners | Making People Count. National Trust to help councils fund parks - LocalGov. Thomas Bridge 23 March 2015 A new plan from the country’s biggest landowner is understood to involve joint working with town halls to establish sustained financial support for public parks.

The strategy will employ a similar funding model currently used to support historic houses and gardens across the country. The Times reports the concept will be tested in Sheffield, where the National Trust aims to lock-down annual funding to permanently cover costs at the city council’s 70 parks and open spaces. Peter Nixon, the Trust’s director of conservation, told the paper: ‘While many local parks may not be of outstanding national importance under normal criteria, to those people living near them they are the most precious thing possible.’ Efforts are also expected to focus around training a network of volunteers who can use the National Trust’s experience to look after council parks. The 11 projects that are Rethinking Parks. Britain's Great Parks Innovators A colleague recently reflected that a great honour of working at Nesta is getting to meet and support Britain’s great social innovators; the people who take a risk in the hope of making our world a little better.

Through their ambition and tenacity, they inspire the rest of us to follow in their footsteps. I could not agree more when I think of the teams we have chosen to work with through our Rethinking Parks programme. We are very pleased to be working with 11 energetic and talented teams who will develop and test new business models for parks over the next 18 months and beyond. The teams are varied, ranging from parks community groups such as the Thames Chase Trust and Bristol Parks Forum, through to nationally recognised charities, like The National Trust. The projects are: 1. London Borough of Camden will explore both voluntary and compulsory levies on businesses surrounding Camden’s urban parks and squares. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Funding. Parks for People community | Heritage Lottery Fund. Six reasons why charities should harness hyperlocal communications | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian. What’s the first port of call when you’re trying to get publicity for your charity?

National newspapers? The regional press? A blanket post reaching out to all your Twitter followers? What about when you’re trying to reach local audiences and service users? It can be easy for your message to get drowned out using mainstream channels but increasingly, charities are tapping into the power of hyperlocal social media, with fantastic results. Hyperlocal sites are a valuable tool for charities – they are often the first place people turn when they need help in their communities.

Nesta recently invested £2.4m in hyperlocal media. I spoke to some of the charities leading the way in hyperlocal to see why it works for them: 1. Many hyperlocal sites have high levels of engagement which is a gift for charities. 2. In March this year a local RNLI volunteer boatman took a photo of a lifeboat emerging from the mist at Tower Bridge and it was retweeted 25,000 times. 3. 4. 5. 6. Tesco and Society - The essentials - Supporting local communities - Supporting local communities.

In addition to our national charity partnerships, we are really proud to work with hundreds of charities and local community organisations every year through relationships at a local level. Tesco Charity Trust Tesco Charity Trust aims to help Tesco support the local communities in which we operate, supporting both national and local community charities, and adding a 20% top up to colleague fundraising. It is run by a board of trustees recommended by the main board of Tesco PLC. The Tesco Charity Trust runs one funding scheme in the UK - the Community Awards.

Community Awards The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The next Community Awards programme will be open for applications between Tuesday 26 August and Sunday 21 September 2014. For full information on the programme and our guidelines please download our ‘Criteria for Community Awards 26 Aug to 21 Sep’. 20% Top-Up UK Store collections Download the application form PDF 145KB.