CRNS is pleased to announce that May 2015 dates have been released for our National Forum Conversations. Book now to reserve your place. The Forums provide an opportunity for our repair, reuse and recycling organisations to network, get strategic updates from CRNS and engage with a speaker on a topic of interest. Food and refreshments are provided. These events are free for CRNS members. 20th May – FIFE – (Furniture Plus, Dysart) 10am The speaker is Pauline Hinchion, Director of Operations for the Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust. “Charity Finance & Banking: “An overview of the new Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust” 26th May – AYRSHIRE (The Base, Kilmarnock). 11am The speaker is Sarah Hall, Business Development Manager for Hillhouse. “The current work and projects of Hillhouse the Kilmarnock-based social enterprise in Ayrshire working to support individuals and families experiencing financial hardship through their furniture and children’s clothing & equipment reuse store.” 28th May – PERTHSHIRE (Remake Scotland, Crieff). 10am The speaker is Fiona Gilbert, a Director of Remake Scotland. “The work and projects of Remake Scotland, a creative reuse organisation, aiming to divert potential landfill and encourage grassroots creativity.” Places are limited, to book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.
UK Government Elections. How do the manifestos measure up for Scottish third sector? SCVO has spent hours pouring over them so you don’t have to. This SCVO comparison covers key areas affecting the sector and the people we support, including welfare, devolution, climate change and the economy. Link to SCVO comparison here. Scottish Parliament Bills & Consultations The Stage 3 consideration of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill is expected to take place in the Chamber in May 2015. Public Procurement: A Consultation on Changes to the Public Procurement Rules in Scotland This consultation describes, and seeks views on, changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland. These changes largely arise from three new EU Procurement Directives and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, including Statutory Guidance and will result in new Procurement Regulations. The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015 The Scottish Government proposes to make an order under section 46 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requiring specified public bodies to prepare annual reports on compliance with climate change duties. The order will set out the form of these reports and the information to be included. The aim is improve the quality and consistency of climate change information reported across the four main areas of the public sector in Scotland. The consultation documentation will include a draft order, a consultation questionnaire, a partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment and respondent forms. Full details of Scottish Parliament’s current consultations here.
The number of applications to councils for welfare assistance rose by 13% in the last year, according to statistics released by the Scottish Government. Scottish Welfare Fund statistics to 31 December 2014 show that during the most recent quarter (October to December 2014): Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: “Scottish Welfare Fund grants are a vital lifeline for people in crisis. Since the Fund launched in April 2013, 135,000 households have received help to buy everyday items and with basic living costs including eating and heating. It’s so important that we continue to reach out and that’s why we are making £33 million available this year to the Scottish Welfare Fund to help low income households.” Read the story here.
Today marks the 45th Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April each year in order to build support for environmental protection around the world. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is observed in more than 192 countries with festivals, rallies and environmental activities. More than one billion people participate in Earth Day campaigns every year and it is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds. This year we are particularly impressed with NASA who are asking people to share pictures and video of their favourite places on Earth using social media – and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome. NASA explores lots of planets and there’s a lot to love. Scientists from around the world have now discovered more than 1,800 planets beyond our solar system. But so far, they haven’t found any that match the complexity of Earth. And it is this complexity that challenges Earth scientists as they seek to figure out how the whole planet works as a system. Today NASA is sharing views of Earth – from their satellites, from their research aircraft, and even from their scientists themselves at work in the field. Look for NASA’s posts on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and elsewhere. They’ll all be tagged #NoPlaceLikeHome. You can take part. How? Share with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favourite place, whether it’s a local park, your vacation spot or your garden. Their question to you is a simple one: What is your favourite place on Earth? Take the picture then post on any social media platform with the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome You can also get on board now by using their #NoPlaceLikeHome emoji as
Eight million disposable nappies are thrown into landfill every day in Britain. It’s time to change the world, one nappy at a time! Real Nappy Week is when parents and carers around the country are encouraged to put disposable nappies to one side and give washable cloth nappies a go. Even if you’ve never used reusable nappies before, it’s the perfect time to consider the benefits. Why Change? For one thing, it is reported that switching to cloth nappies could save you up to £500 per year. Even if you still choose to use disposables some of the time, using reusable nappies (for example when you’re at home) could still represent a hefty saving at a time when young families are increasingly squeezed for cash. Real nappies look good, feel good and are good for the environment. CRNS actively campaigns for real nappies as it meets with our charitable objective of conserving and protecting the physical and natural environment by reducing the proliferation of landfill sites, and in particular through the promotion of sustainable waste management. Every year, seven million trees are chopped down to produce nappies for the UK market and a massive eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK – in fact, they make up half the waste of a family with a child under one. What’s the cost? The average cost of keeping a baby in disposable nappies for 2-3 years is £1,200 per baby. Every day in the UK a staggering eight million disposable nappies are thrown away, inevitably ending up in landfill, where it is estimated they will take up to 500 years to break down. Commenting on Real Nappy Week Helen Forrest, Head of Communications at CRNS said: ‘Real Nappy Week is the perfect opportunity for us to
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 11 June 2014. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Bill during Stage 2 consideration. Stage 3 consideration of the Bill is due to take place in late April/early May 2015. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill during its Stage 2 consideration by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee and the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament. This Briefing sets out the main changes made to the Bill, including: That the Scottish Government must consult with communities and the Parliament on the National Outcomes, and report annually on the extent to which those outcomes have been achieved; Various changes to the provisions of the Bill on community planning to strengthen the role of communities, and the accountability of community planning partnerships to the communities they serve; That public bodies must publicly report on their work on both participation requests and asset transfer requests; Strengthened appeals processes for both participation requests and asset transfer requests; A series of amendments to allow football supporters’ trusts to buy professional football clubs; Detailed changes to the provisions on allotments, including a standard size for an allotment and changes designed to reduce waiting lists; New provisions on participation in public decision making, including on participatory budgeting; A series of amendments to the Crofting Community Right to Buy, which simplified various aspects of the process, including the mapping requirements of an application; Proposed amendments to the community right to buy abandoned or neglected land were not moved, on the understanding that the Minister would meet informally with Committee members before Stage 3 to find a better