Federation for Community Development Learning
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Non-FCDL Publications

Survey of Community Development Practitioners and Managers in England

In 2010 the Community Development Foundation (CDF) conducted an England wide survey of Community Development Practitioners and Managers


The findings have been compiled into a report, which can be downloaded from CDF here, along with an earlier national survey from 2003.

NCIA Inquiry Report: Here We Stand

In 2012, the National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) carried out an inquiry into local activism and dissent, and has now reported its findings in a new report, Here We Stand. Find out more and download the report and summary using the following link to the NCIA website:


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Crisis and Contradiction

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The South West Foundation has recently undertaken research lnto the current issues facing small community groups in the South West Region. Their new report, Crisis and Contradiction, contains the findings from this research.

Small community groups have been providing essential services to people ‘most in need’ in communities for generations. They not only provide essential services but also provide opportunities for people to contribute to their communities, to get involved and to have a greater say and influence.

Many of those small groups are now facing a crisis not just through the challenge of finding financial support but also through the loss of advice and support from key personnel in other agencies.

If these issues are not addressed, what will be lost may never be replaced. Communities will not only lose many essential services but also the knock on effects on health and well being could be significant.


Voluntary action under threat: what privatisation means for charities and community groups

The National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) has produced a new paper which presents evidence about the dangers of commissioning, localism and ‘big society,’ all part of the government’s privatisation agenda.
·        Public service cuts are a political choice, not an inevitability.
·        Creating competitive markets in the voluntary sector through commissioning damages services, users and staff and threatens independence.
·        ‘Localism’ and ‘big society’ plans will increase government control, erode accountability and equality and make it more difficult for communities to thrive.

The paper and further information can be downloaded here:

Four page leaflet: ‘privatisation’ www.independentaction.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/privatisation-web.pdf
Four page leaflet: ‘big society’ www.independentaction.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/big-society-web.pdf
Full policy paper (26 pages) www.independentaction.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/NCIAprivatisation-paper2011.pdf
Summary paper (10 pages) www.independentaction.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/NCIAprivatisation-10page.pdf

The NCIA is a network of individuals and organisations who believe there is a need to defend independent voluntary and community activity.

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