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Landfill Tax

The Landfill Tax was introduced in 1996 to encourage a shift in waste management from landfill to more sustainable alternatives. Landfill operators can claim a credit of 90% of Landfill Tax monies voluntarily donated to registered 'Environmental Bodies'. Eligible projects can cover:

  • research;
  • environmental improvements to parks and other amenities;
  • reclamation of derelict land;
  • restoration of buildings used for religious worship or which are of historic or archaeological interest.

The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme is administered by ENTRUST.

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Learning and Skills Councils

The Learning and Skills Council is responsible for funding and planning education and training through separate initatives targetted at 14-19 year-olds, adult learners and employers . The Council operates through local offices across England and a national office in Coventry.

Contact details (National Office):
Cheylesmore House
Quinton Road
Coventry CV1 2WT
Tel: 0845 019 4170
Fax: 024 7682 3675

For regional contacts and to find your local office: http://www.lsc.gov.uk/regions/

General enquiry helpline: 0870 900 6800
Email info@lsc.gov.uk
Website: www.lsc.gov.uk

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When you use one thing to make something else happen, particularly when you use one grant to 'lever' money out of other funders. Some funders calculate the ratio of their funding to money from other sources and look for a particular level of leverage.

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What you owe. Current liabilities are the amounts due to creditors that you will pay in the next 12 months.

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Local Development Agency (LDA)

This is a term used to describe organisations that help 'develop' local voluntary and community groups. There are a number of different definitions of LDAs but 'develop' usually includes providing support of one kind or another. LDAs may: offer practical assistance to local groups, be a 'voice' for the local voluntary sector, set standards, develop new initiatives and groups and (sometimes) give out money on behalf of funders. Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) and Rural Community Councils (RCCs) are examples of local development agencies but there are other resource centres and 'umbrella organisations' called all sorts of different things. CVS and RCCs may also be called other things: Voluntary Action Blanktown, Blanktown Council of Social Service, Blanktown Council of Voluntary Organisations are all possibilities.

Some areas have specific funding information organisations. They too have a variety of names. South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau and Funding Information North East are examples of dedicated funding advice agencies.

You may find that your local authority can point you in the direction of your nearest LDA or funding advice agency. Or try one of the following:

  • ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England)
  • FRCC (Federation of Rural Community Councils)
  • NACVS (National Association of Councils for Voluntary Service - national means England)
  • NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations - national means England)
  • NICVA (Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action)
  • SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations)
  • WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action)

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Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Local enterprise partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses and play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs. They are also a key vehicle in delivering Government objectives for economic growth and decentralisation, whilst also providing a means for local authorities to work together with business in order to quicken the economic recovery.

A full list of partnerships, along with an overview and a coverage map for each area, can be found under Local Enterprise Partnership summaries.

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Local Strategic Partnerships

Local strategic partnerships (LSPs) are non-statutory partnerships, established since 2000 in most local authority areas in England, that are designed bring together the local authority, the voluntary and community sector and the local business sector in a local authority area.

Local authorities, especially in cities, set up differing forms of local partnership body in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Following the Local Government Act 2000, the then government actively encouraged the formation of such bodies. The government gave them the title of local strategic partnerships, and in 2001 issued guidance to local authorities as to how they should be formed.

LSPs in more deprived areas of England were subsequently heavily involved in the national Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy, over the period up to 2008. From 2004 onwards, Local Area Agreements (LAAs) became the main task for LSPs in the 152 first tier local authority areas.

Since taking office in May 2010, the Coalition Government has continued to support the broad principles of partnership working at local level. But it has said little on the subject of LSPs. The abolition of LAAs from March 2011, along with the proposed abolition of Government Offices and former national performance management regimes, has removed a substantive set of statutory tasks that LSPs used to undertake.

As a result, councils and their partner agencies have been reviewing the role and responsibilities of their local partnerships. In most cases partnership bodies have been retained with different functions and modified roles, often involved in the search for cost savings or in reconfiguration of local public services. In some cases, LSPs have been wound up.

LSPs have been one of the main ways through which local authorities have exercised a wider ‘community leadership’ role, as reinforced by the 2006 White Paper Strong and Prosperous Communities, the 2007 Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act, and the Total Place programme of the previous government.

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London Councils

Formerly the Association of London Government, London Councils is a part think-tank, part lobbying organisation which also runs a range of services within the London area. London Councils represents all 33 London boroughs and distributes grants to voluntary organisations that work across more than one London borough.

London Councils is at:

59 ½ Southwark Street
T: 020 7934 9999
E: funding@londoncouncils.gov.uk
W: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk

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