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Project Lead Officer – Job Advert

Selnet (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) is looking to recruit a Project Lead Officer to work within our Building Better Opportunities (BBO) projects. The BBO projects for Lancashire aim to support those most at risk of exclusion from the labour market and identify, reduce and/or remove barriers to engagement and employment for participants.

The successful candidate will need excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for ensuring we achieve the best outcomes for those we support by working in partnership with all stakeholders. They will take a proactive approach to support Selnet’s work and ensure that their experience in both project and partner management drives the project to achieve its targets.  

As Project Lead Officer, you will provide a resource for partner queries and foster relationships between project partners to ensure effective collaborations throughout all project delivery. You will manage your own caseload of partners and report to the Partnership Manager with both statistical and qualitative information relating to a partner’s delivery progress. Highlighting performance, good practice and measures to be implemented to avoid risk to projects.

The post will be a minimum 12-month contract from start date with extension likely, subject to funding. The successful candidate will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

The Application Form can be downloaded here or requested by emailing opportunities@selnet-uk.com or calling 01772 200690.  The application form should be returned for the attention of Donna Sadler at Selnet Ltd, Brentwood House, 15 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8PS or via email to opportunities@selnet-uk.com. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Post-recruitment timeframe and application details are:

  • The post is full-time – 37 hours per week
  • Salary£29,313 p/a
  • 25 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme
  • Flexible and remote working
  • Application deadline 1pm on Monday 1st March 2021
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 3rd March 2021
  • The post will commence on the successful candidate’s earliest available date

 

Documents

SELNET Application for Employment 2021

BBO Project Lead Officer – Job Description Feb 2021

BBO Project Lead Officer – Job Specification Feb 2021

 

Selnet is a company limited by guarantee. Company number 05671228.


 

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Peer Networks – Sharing experiences to meet the current challenges

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Whether it is business disruption, staffing issues, a change in customer needs or a host of other issues affecting your social enterprise, Selnet understands that you are facing some of the biggest business challenges right now.

In some cases, it’s a challenge just to make ends meet. We’re here to help.

Selnet is excited to be rolling out a national networking programme for social enterprise leaders in Lancashire that want to maintain and develop their organisation for future success.

 

Start Planning For The Future

Starting in early 2021, this intensive programme will take 18 hours over 8 weeks and is government funded so no cost to the businesses. Together social enterprise leaders in Lancashire will learn from each other’s shared experiences as a Peer Network.

Each group will consist of 8-to-10 business leaders led by an experienced facilitator.

In addition, there’s bespoke business support for your organisation and a series of masterclasses to learn new skills.

The Programme Will Help You:

  • Overcome business challenges and act on new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections for support now and in the future
  • Improve long-term personal and business performance
  • Consider ways to increase turnover and social impact
  • Use the Peer Network to help overcome challenges or make changes in your social enterprise

You will not be placed in a group with any direct competitors, so you can openly share your expertise and benefit from others, without fear of compromising your competitive advantages.

This is not formal management or skills training it will have a personal development focus with flexible topics worked though with the help of a professional facilitator and in small groups of likeminded social enterprise leaders in a similar situation to you.

 

Timetable

Group 1
Wednesday mornings starting Wednesday 10th February then 24th Feb and 3rd 17th and 24th March (Additional project activity will be planned around your schedule)

Group 2
Friday afternoons starting Friday 12th February then 26th Feb and 5th 19th and 26th March (Additional project activity will be planned around your schedule)

Who Is It For?
This support is for anyone working in the social enterprise sector in Lancashire. Leaders now – and leaders of the future.

The agenda is set by the group. The context is supporting each other to develop new ways of working and building knowledge and skills to expand your organisation’s impact.

 

Why Take Part?

Participating in a peer group can help you gain fresh perspectives, inspire new ideas and change habits of thinking. It can also help you form new contacts, build networks and gain valuable professional and personal support from a team of like-minded peers. The group is a place to try out new ideas before they are fully formed, and to share your difficulties as well as celebrate successes.

 

Participate in Peer Networks

Participating social enterprises should have a trading address within the Lancashire LEP area and have:

*SMEs that do not meet this criteria due to Covid-19, but did meet the criteria during the 12 months prior to March 2020 are also eligible

 

Please register your interest to participate or if you have any questions about this programme email Yvette Holden on yvette@selnet-uk.com.

 

Register Interest to participate (pdf)
(Adobe reader required to use interactive features)

Also available in Microsoft Word format here

 

The programme is jointly funded by BEIS and Lancashire County Council

 


 

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Kickstart Gateway

Selnet have been approved as a Gateway provider for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, providing funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

About the Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Selnet as a Gateway Provider
Selnet recognise that social enterprises across Lancashire are in a unique position to offer excellent opportunities to young people however this is unlikely to be at scale. In becoming a Gateway provider, Selnet aim to make it easy for our members to get involved, whether you can provide just one placement or several.

What employers will receive
In addition to the wages cost, the Government are providing further
on-boarding costs of £1,500 per job placement. This is to support the young person with training and to help them become ‘job ready’, as well as helping with any set-up costs. Selnet will be on-hand to advise employers how to make best use of this funding to ensure a positive outcome for all. 

Start date
Working with 11 Selnet members, we have our first 50 placements approved and are hoping to have the young people in post early in the New Year.

We are now able to vary our agreement with DWP and extend this offer to other businesses that can support a young person.

 

Interested?


If you have a placement to offer and would like to work with us, fill out this quick Expression of Interest (EoI). We need just a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer.

Please complete and return your Expression of Interest to Yvette (Yvette@selnet-uk.com) who will be happy to help.


 

Further Information

Job Placement Criteria
The job placements created must be new jobs. The placements must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • Pay at least the national minimum wage or the national living wage for the employee’s age group
  • Only require basic training

What is a Gateway

Gateway Representatives have been selected by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as credible organisations with experience in managing partnerships agreements and have a robust financial and governance process to manage Kickstart placement procedures.

The DWP has checked and approved Selnet as a Kickstart Gateway using the Cabinet Office Spotlight Tool.

If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements, as a Kickstart gateway Selnet can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.

This does not guarantee that you will get Kickstart Scheme funding. Your application will be assessed against the Kickstart Scheme criteria by DWP.

 


 

 

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Pathways Associates CIC

Suite 2
St James Court West
Accrington
BB5 1NA


Contact:
Lynn James-Jenkinson

Tel: 01254 790220


Email:
info@pathwaysassociates.co.uk

Web: www.pathwaysassociates.co.uk

   

 

ABOUT US

Pathways Associates Community Interest Company is committed to supporting individuals to take control of all aspects of their lives as described by the 12 pillars of independent living.

 

WAYS TO TRADE WITH THIS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

Pathways operates as a social enterprise reinvesting surplus into supporting research and developments which promote our principles and make our services available at a subsidised rate (or largely free) to people who may be entitled to health and social care services and their families.

 

 


 

 

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ABD Community Centre

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Contact: Peter Dunn

Tel: 07718 901813

 

Email: pdunn@abdcentre.org.uk

Web: www.abdcentre.org.uk

 

About Us

The ABD Community Centre is a unique and valued social inclusive community resource in the centre of Bacup.

It’s aim is to provide a resource centre that will address the wellbeing and needs of local people.

 

WAYS TO TRADE WITH THIS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

ABD can provide room hire, office lets and always looks to bring additional services and activities (community support and IT services) into the centre to provide activities and services that people want and need.

 


 

 

 

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Mindfully Unique

Contact: Rachel Jane 

Tel: 07855 037933


Email:
racheljane2020@gmail.com

 

ABOUT US

Mindfully Unique will provide mental health and wellbeing support for the community providing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 6-8-week courses and 1 to 1 sessions. The aim of the course/s is to teach the skills needed to live in the moment and better manage stress and distress through practical mindfulness skills for daily living and mindful meditation.

 


 

 

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Office for Civil Society For Info – 27 November 2020

Office for Civil Society
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27 November 2020

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Contents:

  1. Charitable services exempt from all local restriction tiers
  2. Thousands of women and girls to benefit from £15m Tampon Tax Fund
  3. Spending Review 2020 announcements
  4. Survey: impact of Covid-19 on VCSE organisations
  5. Updated volunteering guidance
  6. ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign
  7. #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign
  8. Community safeguarding leaflet
  9. EU Exit: Preparing for the end of the transition period

 

 

 

1. Charitable services exempt from all local restriction tiers

On Monday 23 November the Prime Minister announced the new tiering system to come into force in England from Wednesday 2 December. The announcement confirmed that in all tiers there is an exemption ‘for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes’. These must still be done so responsibly, and in line with current UK Government advice on Coronavirus and social distancing. 

The Prime Minister also announced that ‘essential and non-essential retail’ will be allowed to open from this date in all tiers – this includes charity shops.

There are three tiers in the new system – Tier one (medium alert); Tier Two (high alert); Tier Three (very high alert). Full details on each tier are available at Local Restriction Tiers: What you need to know. Posters setting out the rules in each tier are available here.

Across all tiers, you:

  • must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
  • must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed in the guidance

There will be a temporary change in the rules over the Christmas period. On Tuesday the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations agreed an aligned approach allowing up to three households to form a ‘Christmas bubble’ from December 23 to 27. The advice on creating a Christmas bubble is available here.


2. Thousands of women and girls to benefit from £15m Tampon Tax Fund

Charities supporting disadvantaged women and girls through the coronavirus pandemic and recovery are to receive £15 million from the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund.

Projects that help victims of domestic abuse, work with eating disorder sufferers, and provide mentoring for disadvantaged young women, are among those to receive grants of more than £1 million each over the next two years. The money will also be used to make grants to smaller organisations so they can deploy services that support vulnerable women and girls.

Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, said:

“Vulnerable women and girls need our support more than ever in this difficult year, and these grants will help keep vital services going.

From supporting victims of domestic abuse, to those suffering from mental health problems, this funding will help to directly tackle some of the most serious issues facing women and girls today.”

The Tampon Tax Fund uses the funds generated from the VAT on women’s sanitary products. While the UK was a member of the European Union, VAT on these products could not fall below 5 per cent. The Chancellor announced in March this year that the tax will end in January 2021, at the end of the transition period following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Find out more about the 12 projects receiving funding from this round here.


3. Spending Review 2020 announcements

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak presented the Spending Review 2020 to Parliament on Wednesday 25 November.

Since the start of the crisis the government has invested over £280 billion to mitigate against the impacts of Covid-19 and protect jobs and livelihoods across all areas of the UK.

The Spending Review builds on this action, confirming an additional £38 billion for public services to  continue to fight the pandemic this year, bringing total support to over £113 billion in  2020-21 It also provides a further £55 billion of support for the response to Covid-19 next year, targeted to control and suppress the virus, increase support to public services and support jobs and businesses. 

Included in the Chancellor’s announcements were:

  •  A new Levelling Up Fund worth £4 billion for England, plus £0.8 billion for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales through Barnett consequentials. The Fund will be open to all local areas in England and prioritise bids to drive growth and regeneration in places in need, those facing particular challenges, and areas that have received less government investment in recent years. The government will set out further details on how to support levelling up across the UK in the New Year. 
  • An additional £1 million for the Charity Commission, bringing their total budget to £28.3 million.
  • Almost £100 million to deliver the National Citizen Service (NCS) and invest in youth facilities. The government will review its programmes to support youth services including the NCS in the spring.

To read the Spending Review 2020 update in full and for supporting and related documents click here.


4. Survey: impact of Covid-19 on VCSE organisations

The latest round of the Barometer survey, which examines the impact of Covid-19 on voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, is now open. The research is led by Nottingham Trent University. 

The project aims to:

  • Provide real-time data and learning on how Covid-19 is impacting the whole sector and how this varies across different organisations by size, structure and services offered.
  • Present lessons-learned reports on the impacts and responses to Covid-19 from organisations..
  • Put forward insights to assist the long-term resilience of the VCSE sector.

Expected outputs from this project include a VCSE vulnerability barometer, providing real-time data of the impact Covid-19 on the sector, lessons-learned reports, enabling innovations to be scaled, a final project report and toolkit for resilience. 

For more information and to take part in this round of the survey click here. To read some recent insights from the study, via their ‘Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 – November 2020’ report click here.


5. Updated volunteering guidance

New GOV.UK guidance aimed at organisations and groups helping them to understand how to involve volunteers safely and effectively in their work during COVID-19 has now been published. You can access it here.

This new guidance complements other GOV.UK guidance on volunteering and helping others safely during the pandemic, which are aimed at potential and existing volunteers.


6. ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign

The Home Office has launched a new campaign, ‘Something’s Not Right‘, to help secondary school children in England who suffered a range of harms, such as sexual and physical abuse, during lockdown. We would greatly appreciate your support in amplifying it to as many children, and those working with children, as possible. 
 
The campaign focuses on the following: 

  • Social Media Advertising: Social media campaign adverts will be served to children aged 13 and over on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, and will direct them to the campaign web page.
  • Campaign web page: this has been developed with Childline and is hosted on their website. The page helps children identify different forms of abuse, signposts a variety of online resources and provides guidance on how to seek support, either from a trusted adult or Childline’s services.
  • Lesson Plans: The Home Office has worked with the PSHE Association, Barnardo’s and the NSPCC to create lesson plans for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students. The plans, resources and accompanying teacher guidance are all available to download on the PSHE Association website.

All of the campaign materials are available to download and share from the campaign portal.


7. #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign

In April, the Home Office worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a new national campaign to raise awareness that if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can leave your home, if this is possible, and police and support services remain available. To continue to support victims of domestic abuse, the government has relaunched the #YouAreNotAlone campaign.
 
People that are affected by domestic abuse will be harder to reach at this time and we really need your help to promote the campaign and raise awareness of the advice and support available. The campaign assets were developed with key partners and charities. These are available for you to share with your staff and raise awareness of where people can get further advice and support.
 
You can download the campaign assets, including the Employer pack, posters, leaflets, animations, email signatures and social media assets, here and translated campaign assets, here


8. Community safeguarding leaflet

The current national restrictions mean that right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated. This means that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. However, safeguarding is everyone’s business.
 
The Home Office has produced information and guidance for those who are operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect earlier this year, and we would like to re circulate this guidance. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern. The guidance can be found on the Home Office Brandworkz portal. It includes references to the DCMS online safeguarding tool, which helps VCSE organisations in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity. It also provides links to further safeguarding guidance and support for VCSE organisations. 


9. EU Exit: Preparing for the end of the transition period

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period comes to an end this year. Please check the new rules from January 2021 to ensure that you and your organisation are ready. 

Use our 4-point checklist to understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021 if you work in the civil society sectors (including charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations). Read the guidance here

Actions you can take now

i)  If your organisation employs EU staff 

Ask your employees to check if they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. EU, EEA or Swiss citizens can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Read the guidance: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

ii)If your organisation receives EU funding

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework until their closure.

Read the guidance: Getting EU funding.

iii) If your organisation receives any personal data from the EU

If the UK does not receive data adequacy decisions and your organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, you should review your contracts to ensure you can continue to do so legally after the transition period ends. You may not know if your data is hosted outside of the UK so it is worth checking.

Read the guidance: Using personal data in your business or other organisation during and after the transition period.

iv) If your organisation imports or exports goods with the EU

From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Find out what you need to do to continue to:

For a more comprehensive overview visit the UK Transition page for guidance and updates.


 

 

 

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Care Network (Blackburn with Darwen) Ltd

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Blackburn Central Library
Town Hall Street
Blackburn
BB2 1AG

Contact: James Hadleigh

Tel: 01254 507255


Email:
james.hadleigh@carenetwork.org.uk

Web: www.carenetwork.org.uk

   

 

ABOUT US

Care Network believes that everyone is entitled to an independent, healthy and safe life.

Whether it’s support for you or someone close to you, support at home or in your community. We will do everything we can to inform you and connect you with quality services for your continued wellbeing.

We are here for all people living in Blackburn with Darwen. Helping everyone to know where to go to access help, advice and support when they face any of life’s challenges.

 


 

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Mindsight

Contact: David ScholesMindsight Logo

Tel: 07712 591890


Email:
dave@mindsight.org.uk

Web: www.mindsight.org.uk

 

 

ABOUT US

Mindsight comes from heart. A heart to do everything we can to support individuals in the education, management and support of themselves and others, in all areas of health and wellbeing.

We help businesses, educational establishments and charitable organisations focus on their number one asset; their people, so they thrive in and beyond the workspace. Building healthy, thriving cultures, we flip the care and support from the few to the many. With sustainable bespoke plans, individually architected, we create amazing places to work, with increased performance and enhanced personal belief.

Equipping individuals to create environments of care, where a positive wellbeing approach is the only acceptable culture. Every one of our interactions will create at least 6 more positive wellbeing engagements. Our 6 Connections of Care Model will positively impact 25,000+ individuals in the next 10 years. We will positively impact negative mental health statistics, in and outside the workplace.

 

WAYS TO TRADE WITH THIS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

We help businesses focus on their number one asset; their people, so they thrive in and beyond the workspace. Based in Burnley and concentrating initially on the Lancashire-to-Manchester area, Mindsight aims to act as a ‘wellbeing architect’, going into businesses, educational establishments and charitable organisations to look at what they are doing and not doing in the area of wellbeing and mental health. Out of this diagnostic will come the plans and groundwork to deliver a practical, sustainable, culture-changing service, relevant to their needs.

 


 

 

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Covid, Brexit and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Selnet are members of Social Enterprise UK and the Employment and Related Services Association, ERSA, and work closely with Network for Europe; we keep a watchful eye on issues associated with the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UK-SPF) and will keep members up to date with the progress and implications of Brexit.

Now that the UK has left the EU, ESIF funding will cease. In order to replace it, the Government pledged to set up a Shared Prosperity Fund to “reduce inequalities between communities”.

At the beginning of 2020 we were organising a sector-wide event ‘Beyond the EU Projects: What Next for Lancashire?” bringing specialist speakers together with our VCSE sector for the most current picture on the UK-SPF and to help prepare for anticipated consultations. This event was postponed in response to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Our sector is deeply rooted within our communities and is at the forefront of solutions to the crisis; they are on the health and social care front line and providing crucial community support to the most vulnerable. 

– Selnet CEO Liz Tapner

UK-SPF Consultation

Although the budget is cancelled due to the uncertainty caused by Covid, the Comprehensive Spending Review seems to be going ahead before the end of this year.

This could include the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, to replace the approximately €13bn (£11.7bn) we would have received from Europe over the next seven years for ESF and ERDF.

The open consultation that we had been promised does not appear to be taking place. Without the proper involvement of the Partners in discussions and the creation of the new fund, it will not be efficient or effective.

NCVO will shortly be publishing an updated paper on UK-SPF, calling for a fund designed around places and needs – we will keep members informed on this.

NCVO and ERSA

In July 2019, the national Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Employment-Related Services Association (ERSA), umbrella bodies representing charities, sent a letter to the new Prime Minister urging him to confirm that:

  • The Shared Prosperity Fund would provide support for disadvantaged groups and communities;
  • Funding for employment and skills support would not fall below the level provided by the European Social Fund; and
  • There would be no gap between the end of EU funding and the start of funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund. The letter was co-signed by 100 chief executives of charities and businesses in the UK.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

In October 2018, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (a social policy research charity focusing on poverty) published a report on Designing a Shared Prosperity Fund, which came to the following conclusions:

  • The Fund should match the current level of EU structural fund spending and be planned across multiple years;
  • It should be focused on ‘inclusive growth’ and “allocated according to the employment rate and earnings of the least well off”;
  • Funding should be allocated across the UK based on need rather than on the Barnett formula;
  • Revenue and capital streams should both come from a single ‘pot’ of funding.

 

VCSE, Covid and policy

Leaders of Manchester-based charities have shared their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis and their thoughts for the future in a new report produced by Macc, Manchester’s local voluntary and community sector support organisation.

 “Invest in a crucial sector or risk losing it”

No Going Back is from 22 Manchester third sector leaders on the response of VCSE organisations to Covid, and highlights the determination, passion and wealth of policy ideas from our sector.

 

‘Getting Brexit Done’

The UK left the European Union at the end of January, and we are in the Transition Period, so we do not influence EU policy, but are bound by the rules.

We still have funding – for example for ESF and ERDF. The UK failed to ask for an extension at end June, so the Transition Period ends on 31st December 2020.

The ninth and final round of the planned trade talks has finished with no agreement. Some further negotiations will take place over the next few weeks, so we will either have no deal, or have a thin deal.

“Third sector organisations should be preparing for some disruptions”

The agreement needs to be by late October/early November in order to be ratified by the Member States, and the European Parliament, so we are almost out of time. None of this has been helped by the UK saying it could break international law, which was met with disbelief across Europe.

The UK has some preparations for the extra bureaucracy and transport delays expected from January, and third sector organisations should be preparing for some disruptions.

 

Read more

 

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