My Tribute to Jeff

What follows is a bit more personal than my usual postings on this site. Jeff Place, who was my Election and Constituency Agent when I was Member of Parliament for Nuneaton and Bedworth between 1967 and 1983, and a loyal friend since then, very sadly passed away at University Hospital, Coventry, in the early hours… Read more »

If you work in a School or College, Beware Social Investment

Since this posting seeks to reach a wider readership, new readers please start here: Huckfield main points and conclusions are in this colour. Links or documents are highlighted in this colour. Huckfield recognises that there is already growing private sector provision in Schools and Colleges but is sad to see a substantial Social Investment in… Read more »

Can Social Finance Meet Social Need? Debate Starting 13 Years Late.

Social Enterprises and Third Sector Organisations should be grateful to Robbie Davison and Helen Heap for their excellent Report Can Social Finance Meet Social Need? Hopefully, this will begin a genuine debate on the relevance of Social Investment which should have begun at least 13 years ago. The Democratic Deficit of Social Investment After his… Read more »

Social Impact Investment Forum (the Complete Irrelevance of)

For starters, just think how many Social Enterprises, Voluntary and Community Organisations might be rescued or saved with the money spent on this irrelevant London Bubble Bankers’ Beano! In times of harsh austerity, Huckfield and many others reckon that the day long free binge for Social Investment Financial Intermediaries on Thursday 06 June was insulting…. Read more »

Hard Pressed Charities don’t need Social Enterprise Hooray Henries

Eric Pickles’ Mechanism for Passing the Buck As Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, Eric Pickles has been long enough in politics to know that his agreement last week with the Chancellor on further cuts to his Departmental Budget for 2015-2016 is the easiest part. Deciding how further cuts will fall on and… Read more »