Plans for a single CCG across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

We want to hear your views on our proposal to create a single Strategic Commissioning Organisation (CCG) for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. CCGs are groups of GPs who come together to form a membership. Along with Lay Members, they are clinically led decision making bodies who are responsible for designing and buying local health and care services. Six CCGs do this …

The Charity Commision Guidance

The Charity Commission has now published its new guidance on how charities should manage their relationship with a non-charity. In doing so it has taken on board many of the concerns raised regarding the draft guidance. The guidance is relevant to any charity: with a trading subsidiary, with an associated campaigning organisation, receiving significant funds from or paying funds to …

Celebrating Staffordshire: A Place of Social Enterprise

Staffordshire has been given special recognition for its thriving, resilient and developing Social Enterprise community. VAST, and Social Enterprise Matters, would like to invite Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent’s Social Enterprise community to a celebratory launch event. At the Dudson Centre On Wednesday 5th June 10:00 – 14:00 Registration from 09:30   Not only will this exciting event commemorate this incredible achievement for …

Together We’re Better – Health and Care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

    Make your views heard on the future of health and care locally The Together We’re Better partnership is launching a 12-week public and workforce conversation across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to listen and understand what is important to you about health and care locally, what works well and what you think should be improved. As a partner in Together …

A bidder’s guide to working with the government

VCSEs: a bidder’s guide to working with government The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office has written a guide for voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help them work with central and local government.   VCSEs: a bidder’s guide to working with government was commissioned by Claire Dove OBE, VCSE Crown Representative, whose role …

Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent Newsletter May 2019

This month Healthwatch again focus on the NHS Long-Term Plan.  You may have heard that the government has proposed investing an extra £20bn a year into the NHS.  In response, the NHS is seeking input into how best to focus these new resources and we are supporting this effort.  Healthwatch have spent the last couple of months seeking feedback, keeping …

We need your help to contact local voluntary and community sector groups!

We’ve got a questionnaire to help us shape relationship guidance which will make clear how we’ll work with local VSCE organisations, what they should expect from CQC and how they should share information with us. Please share this survey to help us reach the right people! Text: Help CQC work better with local groups Link: https://dev.webdataforms.cqc.org.uk/Checkbox/Regional-VCSE.aspx Tips on how to share the survey: Via …

The small trading tax exemption limits have been updated for 2019 to 2020

A charity can carry on a trading activity with no corporation tax consequences provided that activity is ‘primary purpose trading’ – examples could be charging fees for educational courses or where the trading activity is mainly carried out by the beneficiaries themselves. A charity can also carry on a trade which is outside its primary purpose, for example buying and …

Carers’ Strategy Plan

Every day, thousands of people across the county provide unpaid care for someone who matters to them. Staffordshire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire have put together a draft strategy for carers, which sets out our priorities. We would like to hear from carers and professionals what they think of the proposed strategy, and if there …