"Today is a good day for Wales" Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales

The Welsh Government launched its Framework for Action on Independent Living today, 19 September.

The framework sets out a positive vision for disabled people against the backdrop of a struggling economy combined with welfare reform and public spending cuts.

Measures in the plan include:

· Increasing the number of disabled people that are able to use the internet.

· Strengthening the tenancy rights of people with learning difficulties

· Working with the NHS, councils and the third sector so that as much service, care and support is provided at or as close to home as possible.

· A greater voice for disability groups at a strategic level through the establishment of independent user and carer panels.

· Improving access to public transport, including promoting higher standards of driver training and access to vehicles.

· Developing a Charter for Disabled Public Transport Passengers so that disabled passengers can identify bus and train operators that are committed to disability access.

· Continuing the concessionary bus travel scheme for disabled people which offers more generous support than similar schemes across the rest of the UK.

· Taking action to improve additional learning needs assessment and provision, improve accessibility of school buildings and develop learning pathways for disabled children and young people.

· Improving the delivery times and quality of complex equipment provided to disabled people.

 

Read the remainder of this article on the Disability Wales website.

Are you having problems getting a grant for your new project or expanding your range of services? Are approval dates too far off or funding conditions too restrictive? Something from the range of WCVA managed social investment alternatives might be the answer.

If you are looking to expand your income generation capabilities, WCVA suggests that a repayable loan could work for you. Decision making is quick and there is very little restriction on the use to which the funds can be put, which combine to put you in more control over the timing and nature of your project.

Terms and repayments can be moulded to your individual needs and with loans from £1,000 up to £5,000,000 there is something for every pocket and location - some funding is now available in Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys and Flintshire so it is no longer limited to just the Convergence area.

   

The available options are:

Micro Business Loan Fund

• Partnership with Credit Unions and Coalfields Regeneration Trust
• All Wales
• Loan size £1,000 to £20,000
• Maximum term 5 years
• Interest rate 10%
• Fee £200

  

Communities Investment Fund

• Convergence area only
• Loan size £20,000 to £250,000
• Maximum term 25 years
• Interest rate 6%
• 'Loan ready' grants

   

Property Loan Fund

• Partnership with Unity Trust Bank
• All Wales
• Loan size £250,000 to £5,000,000
• Maximum term 30 years
• Interest rate currently around 4.5%
• 1.5% fee
• 75% loan to value

   
The main message is that if you have a viable business proposition, the finance is available. WCVA doesn't want any good ideas to fail simply for the want of funding. From as little as £1,000 it could make all the difference.

For more information or to talk through your idea, please contact Matt Brown or Alun Jones via:
WCVA Helpdesk 0800 2888 329              Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The existing Wales Accord on the Sharing of Personal Information (WASPI) Service provision has been reconfigured to reflect demand for a sustainable information sharing framework into the future.
Details of new team members can be found on the Contact the Team page. The new team is funded until 31 March 2015.
 

Show Racism the Red Card has included an article on their website about the potential cuts in funding they are facing by Cardiff Council.

You can read the article on their website.

The Charity Commission has published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities.Charity Commission logo

The guidance is split into three short, high level guides available both in online and offline formats. Trustees must have regard to this guidance when administering their charity.

The three guides are: