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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How can councils give a voice to homeless people?

LGiU and St Mungo’s held a high-level roundtable of council housing representatives and related partners to discuss how homeless people could be given a greater voice in service delivery decisions under localism. The event focused primarily on non-statutory homelessness. This briefing summarises the key elements of the discussion in relation to the challenges and opportunities…

England & Wales Briefing
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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act and Police and Crime Commissioners: update

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 gained Royal Assent on 15 September 2011. The two major parts of the Act deal with police reform, specifically the creation of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), and licensing reform. This briefing covers the first two parts of the Act on police and licensing reform.

England & Wales Briefing
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Localism Act: the new standards framework

The standards provisions in the Localism Bill changed significantly at a late stage, as the result of pressure in the House of Lords. It was always intended that councils and other public bodies would be subject to a duty to promote and maintain standards of conduct; the developments have occurred in what that would involve.…

England & Wales Briefing
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Localism Act: Powers and Governance

The early chapters of the Localism Act cover key areas of local authority governance and capacity. This briefing outlines and discusses the various aspects of the Act.

England & Wales Briefing
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A Rights Based View of the Big Society

This briefing considers how social, economic and cultural rights can be the basis of fairness in Big Society initiatives

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Neighbourhood Planning consultation

This briefing summarises and comments on the coalition government’s neighbourhood planning initiative, which will be enacted as part of the Localism Bill and is now out for consultation.

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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.

England & Wales Briefing