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Public Consultations, Funding and Community Projects
- Planning Consultations
None at present
The Communities and Local Government department has launched a new website where charities and community groups can ask for help in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles to their work.
Barrier Busting lets people setting up or running local community projects to submit queries about regulations, such as by-laws or health and safety rules that hinder them in their work.
A team of workers at the department will be responsible for helping the groups overcome the problems. Those who log problems on the site will be given an ID number so that they can track the progress of their case online. They will also be given the contact details of a worker responsible for helping them.
A CLG spokeswoman said common bureaucratic obstacles to community action also included planning regulations and Criminal Records Bureau checks. She was unable to provide information on how many people would work on the scheme or how much the department was spending on it.
In a statement, Greg Clark, the decentralisation minister, said: "Local people often have brilliant ideas and are keen to get involved in making their neighbourhood a better place. Government rules and regulations should be there to support them, not stand in their way
Please click this link http://barrierbusting.communities.gov.uk/ for the information on Barrier Busting."
The funding bulletin (PDF - January 2011) lists some of the key funding programmes that are available and which support community projects.
- OPAL Biodiversity Survey
From September, you can help scientists learn more the nation’s hedges so that the condition of these important habitats can be mapped for conservation. The OPAL Biodiversity Survey, led by The Open University, aims to find out more about the importance of hedges to nature by asking you to identify the insects that live in them and record what you find.
A free identification guide and activity book can be downloaded from www.biodiversitysurvey.org, and by uploading your findings you can help contribute to this national scientific project.
The OPAL Biodiversity Survey is led by The Open University, in association with Hedgelink and the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). It is funded as a part of OPAL’s grant from the Big Lottery Fund of £11.75m.
Related Internet Links:
- OPAL Biodiversity Survey
- Big Lottery Fund
- Peoples Trust for Endangered Species
- The Open University
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