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FRN working across Government Policy and Programmes


The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) has a strong track record of responding to and supporting central Government policy across Social, Economic and Environmental agenda; offering strategically important solutions to help alleviate material poverty, increase employment and training opportunities, and to reduce waste.


Policy to benefit society and the environment

We strive continuously to help National, Regional and Local Government to understand the financial savings that can be made, to embrace the practical opportunities that exist, and to achieve the multiple environmental and social benefits that are possible by working with the charitable re-use sector.

The FRN has succeeded in getting Government Departments such as DEFRA, DWP, BIS and MoJ talking about the practical opportunities and benefits that the charitable re-use sector brings across policy. FRN is referenced in a number of published Government papers crossing the social, employment and waste policy agendas .

Value for your community

If National and Local Governments spent an extra £10 on a bulky waste collection service and worked with the Furniture Re-use Network, this would result in a £300 saving for a low income family, the local economy and the welfare state; and it would create new jobs and training opportunities in the community . If you are looking for the re-use sector’s opinion on specific policy or you are looking for a solution that brings a multitude of policy benefits, please contact the FRN for more information.

Re-use at the forefront of policy

During the last 25 years, FRN has successfully put the re-use sector at the forefront of Government Policy and Legislation in areas such as Welfare Reform, the Social Fund Review, the Work Programme, Indebtedness and Child Poverty, the Waste Framework Directive and WEEE regulations. FRN staff sit on various UK committees to ensure the sector’s interests and aims to reduce poverty and climate change are understood and supported. We sit on Technical Advisory Committees for product standards, Government Regulatory Advisory Boards, and Industry Councils and Liaison Groups.


Welfare, Work & Waste – Re-use Matters

FRN works tirelessly to bring about opportunities for our members (re-use charities and social enterprises) by co-ordinating opportunities from Government Programmes such as the Work Programme, the Social Fund (e.g. Community Care Grants), Gift Aid, and Local Authority Bulky Waste and WEEE contracts. We offer Regulatory and Policy Representation in both the UK and EU and we promote re-use for social purposes to all sections of UK society., The FRN offers a national profile for over 300 charitable re-use organisations and a single UK point of contact for any Government Department wishing to explore the opportunities that the re-use sector offers to society.

Current policy topics for FRN and UK Government Departments:

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Community Care Grants and the Review of the Social Fund
Work Programme, Mandatory Work Activity, Employment, and NEETS
Skills and Training
Child Poverty
Welfare Reform and Universal Credit
Health and Safety

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Reuse, Preparing for Reuse and the Waste Hierarchy
Waste Prevention Regulations and Programme
WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
CO2 Reduction
Regulatory Compliance

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Producer Responsibility
Standards and Regulatory Compliance
Skills, Qualifications and Training
Low Carbon Economy
Social Enterprise
Consumer Affairs

HM Treasury and Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
Gift Aid and Taxation
Environmental Taxation
Charity and Voluntary Sector Taxation

Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
National Offender Management - NOMS
Probation and Community Services
Social Enterprise solutions

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Communities and local government
Big Society
Sustainable Development
Community Development
Voluntary and Community Organisations
Civil Society
Social Enterprise


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