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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The local authority resource review: potential for radical, and contentious, change?

As Andy Sawford blogged on here last week, the long awaited local authority resource review has been announced. It seems like there had been a delay in agreeing the scope of the review, with reports (unsubstantiated) that Nick Clegg had wanted a wide ranging review which would consider options for new local taxes and charges…

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April 7 – Andy Sawford to lead Powerful Ideas lecture at the British Museum

LGiU’s Chief Executive Andy Sawford will be leading next month’s Powerful Ideas lecture at the British Museum. In “Localism will lead to the emancipation of local government and give much-needed power back to the people”, Andy will be considering what localism really means, why it’s so popular right now, who will exercise the power in…

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Anti-social behaviour: government consultation

Tackling anti-social behaviour is still a major public priority. The government has published a consultation on reforming the tools available for this. This briefing summarises the proposals and comments on them and the wider context.

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Honouring the Armed Service Community

This report, supported by the Royal British Legion, draws on research carried out by the LGiU which looked at how local authorities provide for armed service communities living in their areas.

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Will the Localism Bill deliver a new settlement between people and planning?

This article was originally published in the LGiU’s C’llr Magazine which is distributed to all councillors in LGiU member councils. The government has set out plans in the Localism Bill to revolutionise the planning process by  “taking power away from officials and putting it into the hands of those who know most about their neighbourhood – local people themselves”. The Bill…

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Publicity Code: draft recommended practice for local authorities

The revised Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity places new restrictions on councils’ communications with the public. This briefing summarises its contents and highlights the key issues.

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Community Right to Buy consultation

This briefing summarises and makes comments on the DCLG consultation on the Community Right to Buy-Assets of Community Value. It is one of a series arising from the Localism Bill.

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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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