Champions of Community Value

Andrew Walker argues that local government has an important role in making community rights practical and useful, as well as defending the value of public spaces.

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You know where you are with a good map

Siân Parkinson blogs on the importance of correctly mapping geographical data for local government, which can help improve impact assessments of national policies and help us better understand regional and local impact variations.

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Response to Our Place! Funding announcement

Last week, Communities Minister Don Foster announced £4.3m of new financial support for the Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilot programme. Now called ‘Our Place!’, the programme will expand the existing Neighbourhood pilots to enable  around 100 communities to develop their own projects to give local people more control over their own local services. This also sits alongside…

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Photos from the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s Summer Reception

The All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s summer reception took place on Monday 15th July on the sunny House of Commons terrace. Heather Wheeler MP, Chair of the APPG, kindly hosted the event and we were joined by the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who gave a…

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Nick Boles: An update on planning reforms

Nick Boles, Planning Minister, addressed the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group for their final meeting this summer. Representatives from around thirty local authorities were present as well as a number of parliamentarians and relevant stakeholders. Highlighting the aims behind the Government’s planning policy, he explained that the Government wants to persuade communities to bring…

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Photos from LGiU & HP Drinks Reception, LGA Conference, Manchester

LGiU and Hewlett-Packard hosted a drinks reception at the LGA Conference on Wednesday 3rd July to celebrate the launch of HP Insights, a new programme of interactive and thought-provoking events that look at how new technology and new thinking can equip councils for the future. Keynote speakers included: Nick Wilson, UK Managing Director, Hewlett-Packard; Sir…

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Lord Freud on Universal Credit

On Tuesday 25th June, Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, provided an update to the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group on the implementation of Universal Credit.

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What happened to local autonomy, chancellor?

This blogpost, written by Dr Jonathan Carr-West, was originally published by Public Finance. Facing a further 10% cut, councils need radical autonomy on how they spend and raise money. Today’s Spending Review did not deliver that For local government, the announcement in today’s Spending Review will be no less painful for being widely predicted. Once…

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