Winning candidates for select committees announced

Nominations for chairs of the 26 elected select committees and the chair of the Backbench Business Committee closed on 10 June and elections were held by secret ballot on 17 June. Clive Betts has been elected as chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee. Full list is here.

House of Lords debates civil society

Members of the House of Lords have debated the role of civil society following the publishing of a Church of England pastoral letter ‘who is my neighbour?’. The Lords discussed decreased voting levels, political apathy and increases in loneliness within society.

State of the sector surveyClinks

Clinks is asking for organisations that work with criminal offenders and/or in criminal justice to participate in a survey. The survey is open to voluntary sector organisations and hopes to gather information on the current state of the sector and how it impacts voluntary organisations and the criminal offenders it works with.

Building Better Opportunities fund 

The Big Lottery Fund opened applications for a regional £15 million fund to tackle social exclusion and long term unemployment. The funding is part of BIG’s Building Better Opportunities fund.

 (Stories via NAVCA)