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Cultural Development fund- £20 million government boost for culture and creative industries in England

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Arts Minister Michael Ellis launches £20 million fund for culture, heritage and the creative industries to benefit towns and cities across England.

  • Cultural Development Fund marks a new government approach to cultural investment in England.

  • Fund is a commitment in the government’s Industrial Strategy.

  • Towns and cities across the country will benefit from a new £20 million fund for culture, heritage and creative industries, launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis today.

Areas will be able to bid for up to £7 million for a number of projects in a certain area to help regeneration, create jobs and maximise the impact of investment. This could be for new spaces for creative businesses, bringing historic buildings back into use or redeveloping museums and art galleries.

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Individual employer funding available from Skills for Care

Source By: Skills for Care


  1. 1.     Via a User led Organisation-

A number of User Led Organisations have been awarded Funding for 2018/19 to deliver training for people who employ their own care and support (individual employers), and their personal assistants

Details of the organisations are now available on our website

If an Individual Employer would like to access any of the training, they can contact the organisations directly.

  1. 2.     Via a direct application to Skills for Care-

From Monday 4 June, we will be accepting funding applications directly from Individual Employers who receive a social care direct payment or are self-funders. Applications can be submitted at any time before 28 February 2019 for training starting before the end of March 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for personal health budget holders (PHB IE funding) is not currently available. We are working with NHS England to secure additional funding to ensure that we can continue to support PHB holders with money for training. PHB holders who wish to access funding are encouraged to email so that we can notify them when funding is available or check the Skills for Care website regularly for up-dates.


This year, we are testing a sector based work academy model for personal assistant (PA) recruitment. We want to explore if and how a sector based work academy model might work for PA recruitment. We want to invite local groups of organisations to apply for funding to test this model. Applications are now open and will remain open until 12 noon on Monday 9 July and you can download an application form from the ‘Tender opportunities’ web page, or from the news article on the ‘Information hub for individual employers and PAs’.

Age UK

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Age UK

Age UK grants are for organisations working with people in later life. Grants help organisations that make life better for older people, by addressing people’s immediate needs or tackling the root causes of problems they are experiencing. Organisations receiving grants must be independently constituted, not-for-profit and accessible to all people in later life.

Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance

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Consultation description

This consultation has 2 parts.

The first is a call for evidence on issues connected with elective home education. In particular:

  • registration of children educated at home
  • monitoring of home education provision
  • support for home educators

The second part is seeking comments on draft versions of 2 DfE guidance documents about elective home education. One is designed for local authorities and the other for parents.

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This consultation closes 11.59pm on 2nd July 2018

Access Denied: Barriers to Justice in the Disability Benefits System

Source By: Zacchaeus 2000 Trust

Access Denied: Barriers to Justice in the Disability Benefits System


Thursday 5th July

8.30 - 9.30 a.m.

Macmillan Room, Portcullis House


Chair: Emma Dent-Coad, MP for Kensington and Chelsea 

Under the current system of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), hundreds of thousands of seriously ill and disabled people are being denied the payments they are entitled to.


Using in-depth research with claimants, this report examines the flaws not only in the assessment system, but also the long, draining ordeal of Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) and appeal, which many disabled people must endure in order to get the awards they deserve.


The research shows that the MR stage is acting as a significant barrier to people pursuing their appeal and, unless it can be fundamentally changed, should be removed. The claimants' stories also demonstrate the vital importance of proper legal support and representation for disabled people at their tribunals, and the impacts of the Government's drastic cuts to legal aid. 

The report concludes with clear recommendations on the changes needed at assessment, MR and appeal to ensure all disabled and unwell people can access the support and justice they deserve.


The launch is an opportunity to hear from claimants affected, learn more about our recommendations and together discuss how we can fix this broken system. I very much hope you can join us.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided

For any questions and to RSVP please contact Jen Durrant at

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