Resource and Waste and Plastic Packaging Tax Consultations

Resources and Waste Strategy Consultations

The recently published Resources and Waste Strategy set out the UK Government’s ambitions for higher recycling rates, increased resource efficiency and a more circular economy. These ambitions require changes in how we produce and consume products and materials, as well as how we treat and dispose of them at end-of-life.

Defra is now consulting on three flagship policy commitments outlined in the Resources and Waste Strategy:

  • Reforming the packaging producer responsibility regulations in the UK
  • Introducing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • Measures to accelerate consistency in recycling for both households and businesses in England

For more information please visit the website here.

They are currently seeking your views on the following consultations

Consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England

Please give your views here

Closing: 13th May

Consultation to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Please give your views here

Closing: 13th May

Consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system

Please give your views here

Closing: 13th May

Plastic Packaging Tax

Alongside the standard consultation, the government has included a condensed version for stakeholders who would prefer to provide views on only the high-level principles of the tax. The government would prefer stakeholders with industry or environmental experience to respond to the standard version. 

You can feed into the full consultation here.

Or you can feed into the high-level consultation here.

Closing: 12th May 2019

Living longer: caring in later working life

As the UK population gets older, an increasing number of workers are providing care towards the end of their working life for family members. One in four older female workers, and one in eight older male workers, have caring responsibilities.

In this article, we look further at the differences between men and women who work and care, and how who is being cared for drives the number of hours a carer provides and their ability to work.

The release will cover:

  1. Overview
  2. Older workers will increasingly have caring responsibilities
  3. Who is providing unpaid care
  4. A quarter of male carers provide care for a spouse
  5. Caring for a parent is the most common type of caring
  6. Who is being cared for drives the number of hours spent caring
  7. What impact does caring have on the carer?
  8. What does this mean for the future?

To access this article please click here.

Five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU exit

How civil society organisations can prepare for when the UK leaves the EU.

The contents of this guide will cover:

1. If your organisation employs EU staff or has EU volunteers

2. If your organisation receives EU funding

3. If your organisation receives any personal data from the EU

4. If your organisation imports or exports goods with the EU

5. Customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes

Further information

Use the government’s public information campaign and the 5 areas below to understand how leaving the EU could affect your organisation and what you can do to prepare.

Click here to view the full guidance.

North East Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Watch Area Network Coordinator

Pay rate: £15/hour                                     Hours of Work: 15 hours per week

The North East Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Network needs a part-time Network Coordinator.

The post holder will champion neighbourhood watch, by co-ordinating the provision of high quality advice and guidance for neighbourhood watch group coordinators and their group members. The role also includes encouraging and supporting new watch groups to set up and operate across the North East Lincolnshire area.

Specific knowledge and practical experience of community engagement is essential and current knowledge and experience of neighbourhood watch operations is highly desirable.

You will need to be customer-focused with excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate your ability to network with people of all ages and backgrounds.the ability to support and guide young people to identify, design and deliver their own projects. They will understand and have experience of the voluntary sector and its role within local communities.

There will be a requirement to work in office conditions as well as both inside and outside community buildings and people’s homes depending on the activity being delivered. The ability to work flexible hours is essential as evening and weekend work will be required.

Please be aware that this post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. You will need to be a car driver with a clean driving licence and access to a car that is fully insured for business use.

Job Advertisement:

The job will be hosted by: Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL)

Office Base: The Willows, 23 Bargate, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN34 4SS

Contract Start Date: 1st April 2019                                

Contract End Date: 31st March 2020

A full job description and application form is available by contacting Richard Wendel-Jones at VANEL by telephone: 01472 361043; email:; or download from VANEL website here:

The closing date is Friday 29th March 2019 at 12 noon.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 4th April 2019.

National Audit Office: Investigation into devolved funding

Background to the report

The four nations that make up the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have different powers of self-government. Most of the UK government funding allocated to the devolved administrations is determined through the Barnett formula. The formula aims to ensure that the devolved administrations receive a population-based share of any changes in what the UK government is spending on public services in England that are devolved in Scotland, Wales and/or Northern Ireland. However, as additional administrative and legislative powers have been devolved to the nations, the way their funding from the UK government is calculated has also changed. Funding also comes from other sources, such as local and devolved taxation, other revenue‑raising powers, grants from European institutions and borrowing.

Government announcements of funding, such as the £20.5 billion for the NHS announced in summer 2018, led to our interest in devolved funding matters and prompted questions about whether consequential amounts of funding would be made available for health services in the devolved administrations and where this funding would come from. We were also aware of Parliamentary interest in how decisions are made about the UK government funding provided to the devolved administrations. We saw an investigation as an opportunity to present some clear facts about how funding for the devolved administrations is calculated and where it comes from.

For further information please click here.

Volunteer Recruitment Administrator NEL


Salary: £20,000.00 to £21,000.00

Deadline is Friday 29th March 2019

NEL VCSE Alliance are recruiting a Volunteer Recruitment Administrator, it is an exciting and rewarding role that will support the successful delivery of the Alliance’s strategy and community programmes. It will play a key role in engaging with a network of volunteers, keeping the volunteering database (Simply Connect) up to date and working with the NEL VCSE Alliance.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop systems and processes and work with VCSE organisations who are looking for volunteers of all types from the local community. Excellent communication, admin and IT skills are a must, as is a good knowledge of North East Lincolnshire and our communities.

The Alliance objectives include:

  • Working with partners to develop and support access to skills and confidence building to encourage people to be active in their local communities, promoting community resilience and self-reliance
  • Developing a simple community commissioning model that provides a mechanism for resourcing the delivery of capacity building and place based social action
  • Developing their ongoing strategy and internal business processes in support of the wider VCSE sector

To apply or for further information please click here.

Healthwatch NEL – What would you do to give people more control over their care?

Independent health and care champion Healthwatch North East Lincolnshire are launching ‘What would you do?’ to encourage people in the region to share their views about what changes to local NHS services should look like.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations have now been asked to work out what changes will be made locally to help make the NHS better for local people.

The public are being asked for their views about how local services could be improved. They will also be asked to share their ideas on how people can live healthier lives and what improvements they think could be made to help people access services quickly.

Staff and volunteers will be working across the region to make sure you can have your say. Please share your views by completing the survey below.

Click here for the General Survey

Please ensure you select North East Lincolnshire when asked “Pick the area that best describes where you live ” if you reside there.

Data Protection for non-profits Increasing compliance, reducing risk

Aeonian Projects – Professional, friendly services for your organisation

Special offers for charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations in The Humber

  • Half day / full day training for up to 12 people at your venue £300 / £550
  • Short data protection health check and report £150
  • Policy and Procedure review from £300

Time limited offer—book before 31 March 2019 to lock in these special prices!

Call Sam Linton on 07970 779949 Email us on

Sam Linton, is a GDPR Practitioner, an outsourced designated Data Protection Officer and a project management professional.  

Children in Need: Small Grants

Next Deadline 27th May 2019

The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet our minimum standards for grantmaking.

Children in Need give grants for:

Projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Next deadlines:  27th May – 2nd September

For more information please visit the website here.