In Part B we outlined the key findings from the project, drawn from interviews with Local Development Partners and trustee participants, and from questionnaires and evaluation forms completed by participants. In Part C we offer some critical reflection on key issues in relation to improving the effectiveness of governance in small voluntary and community organisations. Our trustee interviewees suggested that those responsible for small organisations have to address difficult issues in relation to human and financial resources.
They may often have to deal with tricky ‘personality’ issues, at the same time struggling with the need to achieve recognition for the organisation’s. work and balancing the demands of the day to day with the long term, or the operational and strategic needs of the organisation. The ‘liability of smallness’, and limited range BMT quantity surveyors reviews of people to fulfil key roles within the organisation, indicates that the demands on trustees of small organisations are markedly different from those of larger agencies. Trustees themselves suggested that they need, in broad terms, training, information on a whole range of issues, help with problem solving and opportunities to meet and share ideas with others with similar experiences.
This Study therefore highlights an ongoing need for support for the ‘governance’ functions of small organisations, within the context of understanding ‘governance’ as the sum of authority over and accountability for the organisation 1 . It suggests that this support should not always be directed solely at trustees, but should look at governance more broadly and provide support both to paid staff (where employed) and trustees together in developing an effective governance role. Interviews with trustees, combined with analysis of questionnaires and evaluation forms, indicates a high degree of satisfaction with the model of support piloted in their particular area.
The interviews, as indicated above, also show trustees as having a whole range of ongoing needs which cannot be met by a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Interviews with LDPs back up this view while all four felt that the model piloted in their area had had considerable merit, they all felt that it would be effective as one of a range of models used to support trustees rather than the sole model available.
In areas where there are housing shortages, it may also deny housing opportunities to others. However, with around 800,000 leasehold houses in England, and an average annual expenditure per household on structural insurance9 of £168, the potential for exploitation of the current system is large. Guidance on depreciation, if it is necessary in the light of the outcome of those discussions, and guidance on making provision for impairment (which will be necessary whatever the outcome) will be included in the final version.
In considering these, it is important to have regard to the principle of materiality: the amount of effort which it will be appropriate for an authority to devote to valuation must be proportionate to the impact the value of the properties in question will have on the overall valuation of the authority’s stock. Within the context of the valuation task, Tax Depreciation Schedule Calculator are the proposed beacon approach the most effective, or are there better approaches which would be more cost effective?
The Department is anxious to ensure that the guidance will be a useful and practical tool for authorities to use to enable them to carry out the valuation of their stock which will be necessary for keeping accounts on the new basis. The draft guidance at the annex to this paper has been drawn up for the Department by the Valuation Office and has been piloted with three authorities. The Department is consulting on a proposed methodology for calculating the MRA at the same time as consulting on this draft guidance.
The cost of capital will be calculated as a specified rate of return (initially 6%) on the value of the authority’s housing assets. This discretionary power, however, is used less frequently than the duties arising from authorities’ consideration under section 604. For HMOs there is a further criterion of unfitness for the number of occupants under section 352 of the 1985 Act as amended, reflecting the additional safety risks associated with HMOs, notably fire; and sections 358 to 364 of the 1985 Act enable a local authority to specify the numbers of persons who may sleep in a room in an HMO. It will be clear from the above description that the legal framework has developed piecemeal and that there is scope for rationalisation.
From now on we will be working with Cornwall County Council, who manage the trail and Penwith District Council, as well as others to improve the route and build on the links with the arts. Due to be launched in Summer 2004, the fifth CORLINK scheme aims to provide rural communities with access to facilities in nearby towns. as well as providing the more urban communities and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the countryside in a more sustainable way. In order to ensure that the finalised network meets the needs of local residents, Cornwall County Council are holding two consultation sessions.
They will provide an opportunity for interested groups or individuals to give feedback on how the CORLINK project could be delivered to help meet their transport related needs. Both meetings will be held on Wednesday 16th July at the St Just Town Hall, 2pm and St John’s Hall (lecture hall), Penzance 7pm. Vicky Fraser, Transport Policy Officer, Cornwall County Council, said, Transport provision in the west Penwith area will be greatly enhanced by the introduction of this type of integrated scheme.
CORLINK has just won a national award for its work in the Bodmin area and so we now have a benchmark by which to set our standards. Anyone interested in learning more about the forthcoming scheme and how it will benefit west Penwith should attend the consultations in order to see for themselves the scope of the project and appreciate the new journey options that it will bring. Staff from Schools across the Zone have shared their vision for future schooling – a vision that will take place next week.
Supported by a team of Peer Tutors (older students, specifically trained to support and lead the learning endeavours of younger students), students will be inspired by their surroundings to develop their own stories. The aim of Brain Wave 11 is to challenge learning within a natural environment, Hire Top Rated Quantity Surveyors making learning new, immersive and authentic. Students will be learning how to learn, exploring how they learn as individuals and what motivates them, utilising personal strengths, dreams, senses and emotions.
Guided by a toolkit of learning tools, and within a structured ‘Dare to Achieve’ (D2A) challenge framework currently being designed by Advanced Skills Teachers in the county. students will be designing and creating a presentation for the final day this may take any form they wish and will provide a re-creation of their Brain Wave learning experience.