WCVA’s newsletter includes this article about volunteering in Monmouthshire: http://www.wcva.org.uk/volunteering/volunteering-latest/2015/10/monmouthshire-%E2%80%93-a-county-that-serves?src=newsletter
WCVA’s Third Sector Award nominations close on 6 November. There is an Environmental Award. Go to http://www.wcva.org.uk/what-we-do/celebrating-the-sector/third-sector-awards-cymru for full information.
WWF Cymru has called for as much as £800m to be spent on improving housing energy efficiency between now and 2020. The charity maintains that this boost is necessary if Wales is to meet its climate change targets. Welsh Government has responded that, unlike the UK Government, it has maintained its energy efficiency and fuel poverty budgets and invested over £70m in 9,000 low income homes last year under its Warm Homes programme.
The National Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee is carrying out an inquiry – http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=188 – into bus and community transport services in Wales. The Committee would like your views on:
- The current condition of the bus and community transport sector in Wales, including the reasons for the recent decline in both registered bus services and bus passenger numbers.
- The social, environmental and economic impact of the recent decline in bus services and passenger numbers.
- The potential benefits or otherwise of devolution of bus registration powers, and whether further powers to regulate the bus industry are desirable.
- The steps which should be taken to ensure bus and community transport services meet the needs of Wales.
Submissions should arrive by Wednesday, 21 October. An alternative way to feed in your views is by completing their short on line survey.
FCFCG have launched a brand new Community Growing Resource Pack. The pack is a comprehensive guide making your community growing project a success, covering everything from finding land and designing your site to raising funds and involving the community. The pack comes with a suite of films covering all the topics you might need to know about – you can access the guide and films on the new FCFCG website – https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/news/welsh-assembly-launch-new-multimedia-guide-get-wales-growing.
As we have reported, DECC has announced a proposed cut of the Solar Feed In Tariff by 87% by January 2016. A variety of recent cuts by government to support solar and renewable energy will cause a loss of affordable clean energy choices, taking away power from people and handing it back to big energy firms. This petition – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106791 – needs 100,000 signatures to be considered for debate in Parliament. This morning it had only 23,177.