House of Lords Report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities today publishes its report, ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’, in which the Committee praises the important role that charities play in our society. The report stresses that if the sustainability of charities is to be maintained, it is essential that their contribution is recognized by the Government, by the regulator and by their beneficiaries. Charities too must be certain that their governance is strong enough to enable them to face a challenging future with confidence.

 The Community Guide to Your Water Environment

The publication offers guidance on how communities can work with everyone from farmers and the Environment Agency to local authorities and drainage boards to reduce the risks of flooding and drought. It also explains how to protect water quality and biodiversity by taking action locally.

It features a step-by-step guide to developing a community project to manage your water, details of resources that will help you, and case studies of communities who have got stuck in to care for water environments across England.

The Guide has been produced by the charity’s national body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), in partnership with FWAG (Farming Wildlife Advisory Group), the NFU (National Farmers Union) and the CCRI (Countryside and Community Research Institute).

Supported by Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and the Catchment Based Approach, the guide aims to help communities understand the importance of water in their local area – and especially the impact of extreme weather.

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