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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Highlights from the party conferences

This briefing highlights and comments on the key announcements and debates for local government and reflects on what the conferences may tell us about how the leadership of the political parties view local government.

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Update – Draft National Planning Policy Framework

Reaction to the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has provoked strong criticism and equally robust support in response, and has forced the government to both clarify some of the statements in the draft This briefing covers some of the main debates on the draft NPPF and outlines the government’s response so far.

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Local authorities, Big Society and Adaptation to Climate Change

This is the final report of a project that looked at existing toolkits to support community involvement in, and ownership of, local adaptation and how these tools can help build a strategy or plan to take forward big society work in promoting adaptation to climate change.

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The riots: the response and implications for local authorities

Local authorities have had and will continue to have a crucial role in responding to the recent riots. This briefing sets out the measures already announced by the government and considers the potential policy implications for councils and communities.

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Riots and localism

It’s probably still too soon for enough perspective to make a truly balanced judgement on the causes of and responses to this week’s rioting.

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“Localising” funding and pooling goes to the core of local democracy

Current Government consultations to localise funding will affect every council and its relationships with residents and businesses – as set out in both the proposals for localisation of business rates and the local support schemes to replace council tax benefit. A more unexpected aspect is how strongly these “localising” proposals encourage authorities to pool together,…

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What do we need to make preventive programmes work?

“Give me the child till the age of seven and I will show you the man.” This pithy Jesuit line sums up official views on prevention (with a possible revision upwards to the early teens). If children are brought up well we can prevent them making bad choices and becoming problem adults. Problems cost big…

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Tonight: Business rate review

We are expecting a statement on the local Government Resource Review this evening at 5.30pm. Despite its relatively low profile it could deliver radical changes to the political geography of the country.

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Open Public Services White Paper

This briefing summarises and comments on the Open Public Services White Paper.

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