Topic: Communities and society

From social engagement to civic action – how can local government engage citizens in democracy and delivery? What can communities do for themselves with the support of local public bodies?

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Community Right-to-Buy proposals

This post is based on a LGiU members briefing (£) written by Michael Green. On 4 February 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a consultation paper “Proposals to introduce a Community Right to Buy-Assets of Community Value” (the consultation runs until the 3 May 2011) The “right to buy” was previously referred to…

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General Power of Competence

The Localism Bill introduces a general power of competence which will replace the well-being power. This briefing compares the two provisions and points to key issues debated in the Bill Committee.

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David Cameron’s passion for Big Society – full speech

It was interesting to be there yesterday morning for the ‘re-launch’ of Big Society by the Prime Minister.  Here’s a wordle and below is the full transcript of his speech and the question and answer session.  Let me just say a couple of things. I mean, normally in politics the difficulty is getting people to talk…

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Right to Challenge: CLG consultation

CLG has published a consultation on the Community Right to Challenge. This briefing examines and comments on the paper and is one of a series looking in more depth at the Localism Bill.

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Big Society means government by citizens, for society

Writing in the Evening Standard this week, Matthew Dancona makes a spirited defence of the Big Society.    He veers around the subject, pivoting on what he sees as the ideological underpinning of Cameron’s big idea – the small state.  This pitching of state against society, government against citizen, really misses the point.  Government should be…

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Council housing finance: detailed proposals

The government has announced details of its proposals to reform the funding of council housing in the Localism Bill and in more detail in ‘Implementing self-financing for council housing’. This briefing summarises and comments on the proposals.

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What social enterprises need to know about the Localism bill

LGiU Chief Executive, Andy Sawford, took part in a Q&A session with the Guardian’s Social Enterprise Network. Below is a summary of what he said – The issue of how community organisations will interact with local authorities around setting up social enterprises is pertinent. Councils are interested in being enablers of social enterprises. It is…

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DWP Worklessness Co-Design: Interim Report

This briefing summarises and comments on the interim report of the progress made by the DWP, working with five councils, in developing new solutions to address specific problems of worklessness.

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Second Reading of the Decentralisation and Localism Bill 2010

The Decentralisation and Localism Bill had its Second Reading on 17 January 2011. This briefing deals with the key elements of the Bill that will have an impact on localism. Other important elements will be the subject of separate briefings.

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LGIU Briefing on the Localism Bill

Overview Localism is a main theme of current government policy, and the Localism Bill is presented as the main vehicle for measures that will strengthen the capacity of communities and individuals to find local solutions to local problems. The pursuit of localism, seen from LGiU’s perspective, takes the form of strengthening local democracy by putting…

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