Don’t Get Carried Away

While we welcome the recent announcement that  £1m raised from the tax on plastic bags will be used to help sustain environmental groups whose funding has been slashed in the Stormont budget we urge groups not to get carried away. At LEXXER we are working to Move beyond these short term fixes to promote lasting solutions. Minister Mark H Durkan said he would use the carrier bag levy to offer funds to struggling voluntary groups. He said money raised from up to 400 proposed job cuts within his...
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Debt Advice

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has announced that he is increasing funding to the Mortgage Debt Advice Service The MDAS, provided by the Housing Rights Service, will see its funding increase to £340,000 in 2015/16, an increase of £115,000 from 2014/15. The increase in funding will enable the Housing Rights Service to provide valuable support to more people who are in mortgage crisis and further help reduce the risk of people facing homelessness and repossession. Speaking a...
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Funding Guides

LEXXER works hard to promote and share Knowledge, and at the heart of this process is well resourced research. Our ongoing work with UK Universities to promote Knowledge exchange holds the key to developing the UK's Knowledge economy. We are pleased to promote the work of Bournemouth University's Research and Knowledge Exchange Office. Their short summary guides are a great way to discover the potential of funding. Quick Guides to Funding and other useful information… The Research...
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LEXXER Cocktail Party

You have all heard about the old advice – never mix your drinks but when it comes to funding Cocktails are just what the doctor ordered!!   Funding cocktails describe the solution we prescribe for many groups such as charities which are either too small to bid for central government core funding or salary based grants. The solution is the right mix of other funding sources. Like any good mixologist we know just what compliments what and in just the right proportions.   &nbs...
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Election Leaders Debate

 The UK's party leaders clashed in the first TV election debate on a range of issues including the NHS, immigration and the deficit. In what was billed as the big debate pundits found the Milliband may have lost the election after his performance.  Northern Ireland party leaders were excluded and took to local press to get their say. It is the only time David Cameron and Ed Miliband will appear together on TV ahead of the election.  The Conservative and Labour leaders, as well as the leader...
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Working together: How higher education and charities can deliver social impact Venue: Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ  This event took place on 27 March 2012. Overview:  This conference explored how higher education and charities can continue to work together in an increasingly competitive and less regulated environment. Speakers included: Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK Liam Burns, President, National Union of Students Sir Stu...
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Super Councils Begin Work

Today saw the beginning of a new era in Northern Ireland, with the new Super Councils beginning to function.  The new authorities, which have increased powers compared to the former 26 councils, took over on 1 April. As well as planning powers, the councils will also have responsibility for parking, economic development and in some cases the management of museums, harbours and recreational facilities and sports. this is perhaps the most radical change to local government we have seen. Co...
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