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17 Sep 14 - Society Government News

Local welfare funds: government to reconsider scrapping of £180m grant
The government has promised to reconsider its controversial decision to scrap a £180m-a-year welfare hardship fund used to provide emergency support for some of England's poorest citizens.

Setback to Bhushan as HP govt reclaims edu society land
The previous BJP regime, headed by then chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, had allowed Kumud Bhushan Education Society to buy the land in 2010.

Foreign funding of NGOs
Foreign donations are an easy target for autocrats whose worst nightmare is a flourishing civil society. NGOs' activities in the “colour” revolutions a decade ago in the former Soviet Union and, more recently, the Arab spring, have sharpened autocrats ...

Indonesia's Government and Civil Society in Partnership to Encourage Greater ...
Jakarta, 5 September 2014: The Government of Indonesia today launched Portal Data Indonesia (, an initiative the government hopes will encourage more data transparency in the country. Launched simultaneously with the Open Data Movement ...

Science for a better society and a stronger economy
It must have been quite a sight: an angry mob of scientists confronting the prime minister on a rainy day in Canberra about his government's treatment of science. Incensed at budget cuts and poor working conditions, the scientists forced the prime ...

Large government out of place in a society based on small technology
“Large” technology tended to encourage large bureaucracies and large government. You needed bureaucratic organization and centralized control to manage those 100,000 workers at the Rouge and, eventually, big unions as well.

Big Society 'in tatters' says Labour – as charity funds face recall
Now the Cabinet Office minister Brooks Newmark has revealed that government is seeking to recoup £33,994 of that money after discovering it was not used for the Get In project but was transferred to pay for other parts of Big Society Network's operations.

Hong Kong government's asset hoarding leaves society poorer
Economist Richard Wong had an interesting article in the South China Morning Post last week suggesting that privatisation of public housing could provide huge revenues for the government, which would support welfare for an ageing population. The idea ...

Government official jumps to his death in Shanxi
A government official of Yuncheng, in north China's Shanxi province, died on Sunday morning after he jumped from his residential building, according to the local government. Dong Xuegang, 51, was the director of the Yuncheng Municipal Commission of ...

Society Network Foundation dismisses government's claim for grant refund
And after yesterday's announcement that the government is seeking to recoup almost £34,000 from the charity, the trustees provided Civil Society News with a statement: “The trustees of the Society Network Foundation position is that there is no basis ...

Hungarians protest against crackdown on civil society
Around 1,000 people took to the streets of the Hungarian capital on Saturday to protest against a perceived government crackdown on civil society following police raids on two Norway-backed NGOs. The searches at the Budapest-based Okotars Foundation ...

Chief rabbi says French society has turned indifferent to anti-Semitism
PARIS, (Reuters)- France's government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country's newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday. Haim Korsia, who was ...

Alzheimer's Society calls on Welsh Government to provide more support for ...
The Welsh Government has come under pressure from the Alzheimer's Society to produce a new dementia strategy, in the wake of a new report.

Civil society engagement can help win the fight against Ebola
The Liberian Red Cross distribute food aid provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development in Monrovia's West Point neighborhood for people affected by the ebola outbreak.

Reform, a just society 'top goals'
PRIME MINISTER Prayuth Chan-ocha says in his policy statement, due to be announced in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) tomorrow, that his government's major goals are to create a society where there is reform and justice, with no corruption.

Poverty policies should be independently monitored, says charity
It also calls for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, chaired by former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn, to have its remit extended so that it can hold the government to account over its record on the issue. The foundation says ...

Residence test for children not unlawful, government insists
The government has rejected the findings of a high-profile cross-party committee of MPs which suggested that the legal aid residence test is unlawful and will lead to breaches of international law.

NFPs Cautioned on Government Control - Hollingworth
A former Governor-General of Australia has claimed that the “essential ethos” of the Not for Profit sector could be damaged if the Government enforces too much control over it. Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth presented a speech, entitled Civil Society, ...

Closed shop at the top in deeply elitist Britain, says study
Looking at the background of more than 4,000 people filling jobs at the top of government, the civil service, the judiciary, the media, business and the creative industries, the commission investigated where they went to school, on the grounds that ...

Former treasurer Peter Costello criticises government's debt levy
Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has criticised the federal government's 2 per cent temporary deficit levy on high income earners, arguing it was essentially a political sweetener to secure spending cuts which have not materialised.

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