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?


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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Localism Bill – LGIU in the press

The Guardian’s Patrick Butler has just featured LGIU in his ‘Society daily’ page. He very kindly said that “There’s excellent coverage by the Local Government Information Unit thinktank blog, including roundups of reaction, tables of winners and loser, and a good off the cuff post last night by its chief executive Andy Sawford, too” LGIU…

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update: funding settlement reductions in £s

Here’s an update on of the funding settlement winners and losers. In the first column is the reduction in £ (m), the second is percentage.

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Reaction to Localism Bill

These announcements will each have a huge impact on local councils and local communities.  Together they represent unprecedented change in our public services and in the governance of Britain.   The finance settlement will be very tough for councils and there is no doubt that some, if not all, will have to make major cuts in…

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Debate about Localism Bill isn’t very localist

The Localism Bill is now trending on Twitter – but how is the conversation spread around the country? According to Trendsmap, the #localism debate is heavily concentrated in and around London – so not very localist at all really. You can follow this link to trendsmap where you can view information on where the bill is being…

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Date announced for Localism Bill

Eric’s used Twitter to announce that the Localism Bill will be introduced on Monday. We were wrong to doubt the great man. It still counts as a slightly unusual move, though. The last Bill to be introduced on a Monday was the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010. Not quite as wide-ranging as the…

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So what is a community?

A couple of weeks ago we asked whether the local government twitter community could help CLG define what community is – now with the Localism Bill now just days away, I thought I’d better collate all the #ComDef suggestions (thank you very much to all who contributed) and see what key ideas and themes emerge. Many people that I’ve…

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D-day for localism

John Tizard is director of the Centre for Public Service Partnerships (CPSP@LGIU). This article was originally posted on the Public Finance Blog The government’s expected decision to publish the Localism Bill on the same day that it informs local authorities of their grant allocation could be construed as a clever piece of ‘joined-up government’ or…

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August 2010

All briefings for August 2010 can be downloaded as PDFs through links found on this page.

England & Wales Briefing