Stop reinventing the wheel for climate change organisations

Government keeps reinventing the wheel.  Every year a new round of funding comes from government looking at how we can reduce the effects on climate change but instead of building on what is working they are looking for new ideas to pilot and stick a government badge on.

Why not support what is already out there and help develop this rather than starting again from an unproven blueprint?

 Keep binging out new organisations only confuses the general public and depletes funding.

I have found this particularly frustrating for The Greening Campaign that is a proven programme and yet has little support from government because it is not a 'pilot' that someone can stick a badge on for 6 months before it gets dropped.

Government support is important and yet elusive for community groups in the long term.

Why is this idea important?

Government keeps reinventing the wheel.  Every year a new round of funding comes from government looking at how we can reduce the effects on climate change but instead of building on what is working they are looking for new ideas to pilot and stick a government badge on.

Why not support what is already out there and help develop this rather than starting again from an unproven blueprint?

 Keep binging out new organisations only confuses the general public and depletes funding.

I have found this particularly frustrating for The Greening Campaign that is a proven programme and yet has little support from government because it is not a 'pilot' that someone can stick a badge on for 6 months before it gets dropped.

Government support is important and yet elusive for community groups in the long term.

Remove DEFRA’s right to remove copyright on 3rd sector ideas

I run a not-for-profit organisation that works with communities to tackle energy reduction and adaptation called The Greening Campaign.  We find it very difficult to work with DEFRA because if we have a good idea as soon as we link with DEFRA  for funding, they then state they would publish all our intellectual property rights on the internet.  (They have stated to me in writing that nothing is out of bounds).  This would mean that our intellectual property rights are handed to our competitors (and all funding is secured on a competitive level for the 3rd sector).  Future funding would then mean we could be competing against our own ideas and developed programmes which would undermine our organisation.  This means we to date have not worked with DEFRA which is a great shame.  We are currently working with about 200 communities and would love to link this in to the government agenda as we work closely with local councils but cannot find a way to make the final link in the chain – central government. 

Why is this idea important?

I run a not-for-profit organisation that works with communities to tackle energy reduction and adaptation called The Greening Campaign.  We find it very difficult to work with DEFRA because if we have a good idea as soon as we link with DEFRA  for funding, they then state they would publish all our intellectual property rights on the internet.  (They have stated to me in writing that nothing is out of bounds).  This would mean that our intellectual property rights are handed to our competitors (and all funding is secured on a competitive level for the 3rd sector).  Future funding would then mean we could be competing against our own ideas and developed programmes which would undermine our organisation.  This means we to date have not worked with DEFRA which is a great shame.  We are currently working with about 200 communities and would love to link this in to the government agenda as we work closely with local councils but cannot find a way to make the final link in the chain – central government.