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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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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The localism bill: the key points for councils

This article was origianlly publish on the Guardian website A massive piece of legislation announced alongside a huge cut in funding for local government, the localism bill will have a big impact on local councils and communities. Looked at carefully, it’s clear the bill provides practical reasons to believe that the relationship between citizens and…

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Tough settlement: oh yes, it is

This article was originally published on the Public Finance blog In the 36 hours since the local government finance settlement was announced I’ve heard accusations of ‘spin’ by the government, and ‘whingeing’ by councils. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles claims that the maximum funding reductions are 8.9%.  But in this season of pantomime, councils are…

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