Threat to independent advisors: Hull CAB and HIHAC.
The Green Party does not welcome moves by Hull City Council to hand over
advice provision in the city to Action for Employment, known as A4E.
Under pressure from the national Legal Services Commission (LSC),
Hull City councillors set up a bidding process to create a Community
Legal Advice Centre (CLAC). Organisations had to compete to show
their ability at all-round advice and legal provision.
'Hull City Council would have served people better by looking at
which advice agencies actually deliver the goods. Then they would
clearly see the real benefits to people and not just which companies
sound good or produce the glossiest brochures!' said Shan Oakes of
Hull and East Riding Green Party.
'Hull CAB delivers a fantastic service to many of the most needy and
vulnerable in the city. It was established in 1939 and last year alone
dealt with nearly 28,000 issues just in Hull. Hull CAB and HIHAC are
now set to be swallowed up by the new CLAC which the Council is pursuing.
What Hull should be doing is seeking ways to better fund existing providers
like CAB and HIHAC and to strengthen the work that they do.
The LSC is doing a number of things here: it is probably trying cut
down its legal aid bill but what it's also causing is the closure of
well-established independent advice agencies and law centres.
These have their own local character and experience and will mean
a huge loss across the country.
The independent and voluntary agencies are not there to compete!
These are not-for-profit organisations. Their expertise is precisely
in advice-giving and helping others, not in competing for work.
A crucial factor here is just how independent can the new set up be?
Yes, this may well save the LSC money. But this may well leave Hull
with less effective advice services.'
News, - Thursday 17th April 08 - Hull Says Hands Off Our CAB By Michelle Dee
Save Hull CAB! People Not Profit! Hull Says C.L.A.C. Off!
Citizens Advice Bureau - the charity for your community.
Today in Hull there was a protest march to save Hull Citizens Advice Bureau from being closed and a profit making council based organisation put in its place. Hundreds of people turned out to support the staff volunteers and users of the free independent service.
News, - Comedy Stars Set for Festival
Paddy McGuinness, Frankie Boyle,
Pete Firman and Russell Kane are amongst top
comedians that will be bringing laughs to Hull's second comedy festival
in the autumn.
Hull Comedy Festival promises over two weeks of mirth and
entertainment as audiences are entertained by local talent and big names
from the world of comedy.
News, - Hull Citizens Advice Bureau at Risk of Closure By Emma Smith
You may have seen in the media that Hull Citizens Advice Bureau is at risk
of closure due to the introduction of a Community Legal Advice Centre (CLAC).
This will be funded by the Hull City Council and the Legal Service Commission
which aims to deliver advice in the city primarily through the councils own
customer service centres.
News, Charity - HERIB and The Great North Run - Sunday 5th October 08
Calling all runners and aspiring runners, HERIB, your local
charity for blind and partially sighted people, have 15 GUARANTEED PLACES
for The Great North Run and are looking for volunteers to undertake this
The Great North Run is the most popular half marathon in the world, and one
of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar.
News, - ACE Opportunity for Young People to Make a Difference!
ACE, Achieve Contribute Experience, is a brand new exciting project that is calling young people, 16-25, in Hull to get involved in volunteering and realise they can make a difference to both themselves and the community.
What that difference is...well... the choice is theirs'.
The innovative new scheme, run by Hull & East Yorkshire Mind,
News, Education - Courses - Managing Redundancy
PERS has many years experience of advising voluntary sector employers and designs its courses taking account of the real problems that voluntary sector managers and trustees face, based on the problems they deal with on their advice line every day.
They are currently running a Managing Redundancy Course and Volcom would
News, - Ofcom Announces New Bidding Round Under Community Radio Fund (UK)
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) has announced that the first round for funding
applications under the Community Radio Fund in 2008/09 will open on 10 April 2008.
Under the fund, Community Radio Stations can apply for funding to support their
core running costs.
These core costs can include, management; administration, financial management &
News, Arts - Beneath the Surface - Exhibition at Artlink
Artlink is currently holding an exhibition called Beneath the Surface.
The exhibition is a collection of work by 14 female artists from around the
UK to mark International Women's Day.
This exhibition is Artlink's ninth annual Women's Work show, held in support
of International Women's Day. This years' exhibition has been titled
News, - Sustainable Development Planning
Hull City Council has prepared a draft Sustainable Development Supplementary Planning
Document (SPD). It is available for public consultation for a period of six weeks between 27th February and 8th April, inclusive.
The aim of the document is to improve the sustainability of new development.
It aims to make applicants more aware of key issues
News, - Young People in 24 Hour Fast -Cottingham Road Baptist Church By Rev. Richard Jevons
8 young people aged 11-17 along with three leaders take part in a 24 hr fast to raise
money for Homeless people in Hull.
Having fasted for 24 hours the group has so far collected over £550 in sponsorship
money. The young people decided that they wanted to help those less fortunate than
themselves as part of the Churches Hope08 initiative
News, - First Day of DWP Strike Sees 85% Turnout
Today saw the Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
working for The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), take the first day of a
two day round of national industrial action.
The strike adds to the pressure on the government following recent similar
action across the Civil Service as a whole.
The DWP has refused
News, - Springhead Music Pub Saved From Closure
Leading venue's legacy continued by entrepreneurial local pub duo
The Winking Beaver Pubco today announced that they would take over the
lease of the popular Springhead Music Pub, saving it from extinction.
The Springhead Music Pub is an award winning hull-based music venue
hosting live bands seven nights a week.
Based in Hull
News, - Photography Competition
Hull United Residents and Tenants (HURAT) Federation are holding a photography
competition for photographs taken outside in Hull during 2007 and 2008.
The photographs can be of anything from your neighbourhood - parks and
gardens, events and activities, your local tenants and residents association
or even the summer floods.
News, - More Children Die in Gaza
In two days last week, 33 Palestinians in Gaza were been killed by the USA funded Israeli army.
One quarter of those killed were children, ages ranging from 5 months old to 14 years old. I've seen hardly any news coverage of this- a little on the BBC website, a little on the channel 4 news- can you imagine the coverage if it had been 33 dead Israelis or 33 dead Europeans?
News, Environment - There Will Be No GM Spuds Planted In Hedon This Year
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that there
will be no blight resistant GM potatoes planted in Hedon this year. In an reply to a query from
Friends of the Earth National GM Campaigner Clare Oxborrow regarding trials going ahead this year,
Dr. David Sherlock of the GM Team stated, ''BASF will be using
News, - Van Available For Hire
Ings Community Resource Centre wish to remind people that they have a van which
is available to hire for half days, whole days or longer periods of time.
The van can seat 14 people (plus driver) and has wheelchair access at the
rear of the vehicle. The vehicle can be hired with a driver or for self-drive.
News, Current Affairs - Green Party Conference 2008 In Reading By Martin Deane
We're down in Reading for the Green Party Conference rubbing shoulders
with Caroline Lucas, listening to the Venezuelan Ambassador tell us
about the 50 million lightbulbs they've changed!
("How many Venezuelans does it take to change 50 million light bulbs?" Chavez!)
and the like!
Blimey the days are long! I'd forgotten. You turn up at 9.00 for the
News - University of Hull Placements
The University of Hull's Geography Department are looking to place some of their students on free, part-time work placements in the voluntary sector as part of their Applied Project module.
The University hope to place students with external organisations for 10-12 weeks to work part-time on a self-contained project, defined by the organisation.
News, Education - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum is launched in North East Lincolnshire
The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education's i-Bar will be playing
host to the launch of LGBT Forum for North East Lincolnshire, on Thursday
28th February 2008 at 5pm.Guests will be joined by Dan Bryan (Big Brother 5)
who will officially launch the event with music from a local DJ.
The North East Lincolnshire LGBT Forum;
News, - Befriending May Draw to a Close
For some newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees in the city, the befriending project at
ARKH (Asylum Seekers and Refugees of Kingston upon Hull) has been a great boost to help build towards integration between different community groups.
Over the past year and a half, the project has worked with refugee women and young people from over 10 different