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Councils 'struggling' to tackle cohesion threats

25/03/2024

Councils are struggling to tackle threats to social cohesion due to a lack of support from central government, according to a major new review.

Core Cities in Household Support Fund warning

01/02/2024

Failing to extend the Household Support Fund will be ‘catastrophic for many people in our poorest communities,’ Core Cities has warned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Community Ownership: defending the assets that matter most

16/01/2024

Co-operative Party General Secretary, Joe Fortune, explains how community ownership can help revive the struggling British high street.

The importance of targeted investment in communities

04/12/2023

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Sport England, discusses how targeted investment is helping people to get active, and how the strategy can be replicated locally.

Hanukkah installation paused due to rise in hate crime

30/11/2023

Havering has paused the installation of a Hanukkah Menorah in its town hall due to an increase in hate crimes relating to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Land value tax could redistribute billions

09/11/2023

A plan to reform business rates could lead to billions of pounds being redistributed from high land value areas to other parts of the country.

EXCLUSIVE: Home Office accused of misleading council over asylum plans

24/10/2023

The Home Office faces accusations in the High Court it misled a council over controversial plans for an asylum centre at a former military base.

Councils try to tackle rising community tensions

19/10/2023

Councils have taken a key role as they seek to tackle rising community tensions stoked by events in Israel and Gaza.

Council to shut 39 facilities

02/10/2023

North Lanarkshire Council has decided to close 39 community facilities in response to its financial shortfall.

How citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain

18/09/2023

Jonathan Bradley, head of Business and Practice at Granicus Experience Group (GXG) UK, argues that citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain.

Empowering local businesses to reach net zero

18/09/2023

Power to Change chief executive Tim Davies-Pugh calls on local councils to empower community business to help achieve their climate goals.

Councils must think differently to save community hubs

22/08/2023

Jack Woodley, senior consultant, BookingsPlus and Kajima Community urges councils to think differently about how they save community hubs.

The case for low-traffic neighbourhoods

16/08/2023

Tanya Braun, Living Streets makes the case for low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and argues for an area-by-area approach to reducing the impact of traffic.

What planning authorities can learn from Garden Cities

09/08/2023

The Garden City idea can help planning authorities reimagine the UK’s towns and cities in an innovative and holistic manner, says Charlotte Llewellyn, TCPA.

Increased connectivity means increased community

08/08/2023

Nick Wiggin, Freshwave, looks at the relationship between connectivity and community, and discusses the importance of digital champions.

Trust in councils plummets following pandemic

04/08/2023

Public approval of councils has reached record lows in key areas, according to the latest polling for the Local Government Association (LGA).

Hertsmere to stop funding community support officers

02/08/2023

Hertsmere Borough Council will no longer pay for police community support officers (PCSOs) and plans to establish its own scheme of enforcement officers.

Harlow Council seeks injunction over missing community facilities

27/07/2023

Harlow Council said it has applied for an injunction against the three housebuilders of a new development who have failed to provide community facilities.

Piloting North Yorkshire’s community partnerships

07/06/2023

North Yorkshire Council has given the go-ahead for a series of community partnership pilots. Council leader Carl Les explains the thinking behind the move.

North Yorkshire Council green lights community partnerships

31/05/2023

North Yorkshire Council yesterday gave the go-ahead for a series of community partnership pilots in an effort to ensure local voices are heard.

How do you manage the risk of community tensions?

15/05/2023

Community tensions damage lives and local economies. How can we empower local government to recognise and respond to the factors behind them?

‘Red Wall’ areas score poorly on social fabric index

02/05/2023

Local communities in areas won by the Conservatives from Labour in 2019 have continued to face decline despite the levelling up agenda, think tank finds.

Councils better placed to deliver welfare than DWP, leaders claim

26/04/2023

Sector representatives were brought before the Work and Pensions Committee to hear their experiences of delivering the Household Support Fund.

Campaigners call for ‘community-led approach’ to youth violence

25/04/2023

Police powers should be reduced and a ‘community-led approach’ to violence among young people adopted instead, according to campaigners.

Councils warning over Prevent reforms

28/03/2023

Councils have raised serious concerns about the Government’s proposed Prevent counter-extremism strategy reforms.

Glasgow seeks more powers

28/03/2023

Glasgow is to formally approach Holyrood and Westminster for more powers to help revitalise its city centre.

Councils to get more powers over anti-social behaviour

27/03/2023

Councils will be handed extra powers alongside increased accountability for tackling anti-social behaviour.

Budget’s lack of social care support ‘disappointing’

16/03/2023

Council leaders welcomed the new funding in yesterday's budget but were disappointed by absence of investment in social care, health and children’s services.

Labour should tackle erosion of local government, report says

01/03/2023

Labour must overcome obstacles including the erosion of local government if it wants to carry out its pledge to empower communities, says campaign group.

£165,000 fund available to make Liverpool a ‘greener place’

20/02/2023

Community groups across Liverpool City Region are able to bid for a share of a £165,000 fund as part of a push to make the area a ‘cleaner and greener place’.

Council officer praised after crossbow-wielding man arrested

02/02/2023

A Barking and Dagenham Council community ranger has been praised after their actions led to the arrest of a man armed with a crossbow.

It’s time to re-think the retail-dominated model of our high streets

25/11/2022

With levelling up back on the agenda, Nick Plumb argues there is a need for a new approach to our high streets that moves beyond the retail-dominated model.

Exempt accommodation system a ‘complete mess’

26/10/2022

MPs have called for more powers for councils in an overhaul of supported housing.

Encouraging behaviour change to navigate climate concerns

21/10/2022

A behaviour change is needed to navigate growing climate concerns. Jonathan Bradley, Granicus Experience Group, asks how community engagement can help.

Council chiefs welcome call for £1bn skills funding

22/09/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a call to move away from the top-down approach to skills, and to provide communities with the funding needed to boost employment.

Mayor 'baffled' by community unrest

20/09/2022

Leicester’s directly-elected mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has said he is ‘baffled’ by the widespread disorder in the city.

Preparing for climate change on the ground

30/08/2022

Duncan Shaw explores the impact of unprecedented and unpredictable weather patterns in the UK, and the role local authorities have to play in ensuring communities can cope.

New £350m fund could help communities revive high streets

10/08/2022

A new study has called for the creation of a fund that can help local communities takeover empty high street buildings as a record number of shops stand empty.

Civic pride about more than just ‘hanging baskets’, experts say

04/08/2022

Experts from the University of Cambridge have called on the next Prime Minister to invest £1bn in local communities to boost civic pride.

Local faith-based groups receive £1.3m boost

01/08/2022

Sixteen faith-based groups are set to benefit from a £1.3m investment to support their work with the most vulnerable people in local communities.

Council to create 'warm spaces' for residents unable to heat their homes

14/07/2022

Gateshead Council is looking to create a network of 'Warm Spaces' to help residents that can't afford to heat their homes this winter.

Communities to have more control over changes to street names

07/07/2022

Councils will need agreement from two-thirds of local residents and business owners in order to change street names, under plans by the Government.

First Big Local area distributes £1.15m grant

28/06/2022

The first of 150 areas taking part in a long-term funding programme helping residents deliver community projects has distributed all of its £1.15m grant.

Campaigners call for ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ to cut emissions

28/06/2022

All new homes should be within 10 minutes’ walk from shops and schools if the UK is to reduce its carbon emissions, sustainable transport campaigners say.

Second round of £150m Community Ownership Fund opens for bids

13/06/2022

Community groups are being urged to bid for a share of £150m to rescue cultural buildings that would otherwise be lost.

Activating our high streets by rethinking housing models and embracing co-living

06/06/2022

Simon Bird argues that by finding different ways to live and activate spaces, we can create new communities and boost the vitality of our urban economies.

Over 100 village halls to share £3m improvement fund

31/05/2022

More than 100 village halls will be refurbished as part of a £3m fund to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Council launches West Midland’s first community investment fund

20/05/2022

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched the West Midland’s first crowdfunding campaign to try and raise half a million pounds for green initiatives.

Eight more projects benefit from Community Ownership Fund

19/05/2022

Community groups have been given more than £2.2m of government funding to take control of eight venues at risk of being lost forever.

Communities should be empowered to tackle cost of living crisis

06/05/2022

Over two thirds of people responding to a recent poll argue that more power should be given to local communities to tackle the cost of living crisis.

A deep dive into levelling up

28/04/2022

A new research programme is developing a prototype for levelling up rooted in the local through a series of focused studies of communities. Adam Hawksbee reports from the first visits to Oldham and Walsall.

New £10m fund to help create traveller sites

21/03/2022

Local authorities are being given access to a £10m fund to support the creation of new traveller sites, the Government announced yesterday.

Birmingham becomes the UK’s first Compassionate City

16/03/2022

Birmingham has been crowned the UK's first Compassionate City for the way it supports people who are grieving, living with a serious illness and caregivers.

Twenty-five areas awarded £3m to create local design standards

11/03/2022

Twenty-five areas across England have been awarded a share of £3m by the Government to help them set their own standards for design locally.

The role of ‘citizen science’ in air monitoring

21/02/2022

LocalGov caught up with Claudio Parrinello, CEO and founder of PlanetWatch, to find how air quality monitoring is being disrupted on a global scale by leveraging advanced technologies and the power of communities.

Citizen expectations for local authority reporting services revealed

21/02/2022

More transparency and fewer apps top requirements from citizens for local authority reporting services, new research from citizen-centred digital services provider SocietyWorks reveals.

Citizen expectations for local authority reporting services revealed

18/02/2022

More transparency and fewer apps top requirements from citizens for local authority reporting services, new research from citizen-centred digital services provider SocietyWorks reveals.

Welsh communities 'least empowered in Britain' to protect assets

17/02/2022

Welsh communities are the least empowered in Britain to protect land and assets, a new report has warned today.

How councils can harness the power of 'collective intelligence'

14/02/2022

Can councils use collective behavior to ensure that policy translates into effective action? William Eichler investigates.

Improving the lives of UK social housing residents

12/01/2022

A new report has revealed UK social housing residents want to feel a greater sense of community and improved safety, finds Doug Sarney.

Management team split for Hampshire councils

06/01/2022

East Hampshire DC and Havant BC will establish their own management teams after a 12-year partnership, the councils have announced.

Bury council welcomes £1m bid to buy football ground

24/12/2021

Town hall leaders have welcomed the news that a bid to acquire Gigg Lane and bring back football to the stadium has won Government funding.

A unique moment in time

15/12/2021

At The MJ’s recent Future Forum, BT outlined the immense opportunities digital and online services are currently offering councils – and the chance for true innovation must be taken.

Campaigners call for new law to empower communities

01/12/2021

Campaigners have called for a new Community Power Act to give communities a legal right to self-determination.

The case for building back resilient

18/11/2021

Chris Clarke warns that new research show that widening inequalities have the potential to fuel political polarisation and division.

Heritage Development Trusts: Helping create distinctive futures for our towns and cities

12/11/2021

Matthew Mckeague explains how in Coventry a pioneering new model – known as a Heritage Development Trust – is helping revive historic buildings in the city and take community ownership and asset transfer in an ambitious direction.

13 councils chosen to pilot new ways of working

09/11/2021

The Government has announced which 13 councils in England have been chosen to trial new ways of working to help target specific issues in local areas.

20 councils urge Gove to ‘level up’ social capital

05/11/2021

The Government has been urged to ‘level up’ social capital in order to ensure community resilience, leaders from 20 councils have said.

How Redbridge is taking a bold approach to cutting crime

03/11/2021

Dr Javed Kahn explains how other local authorities can use the Redbridge Community Crime Commission as a blueprint for finding solutions to crime in their community.

Eight Scottish community groups awarded £1m

14/10/2021

Eight local community groups in Scotland have been awarded £1m to help them take ownership of land and buildings that matter to them.

Think tank calls for more community involvement in local plans

04/10/2021

A think tank has called for the setting up of two new national funds to help communities have more of a say in local plans and to ensure plans are sustainable.

Tory MPs make case for 'double devolution'

04/10/2021

New agreements that ensure power is shared between councils and local communities would help really level up the country, a new report has argued today.

More than £1m to help city recover from Keyham shootings

23/09/2021

More than £1m has been allocated to help Plymouth recover from the Keyham tragedy.

National and local governments must do more to support locals to save their pubs

01/09/2021

Vidhya Alakeson explains what action local councils can take to help support community-owned pubs.

How can open data compliment community development?

24/08/2021

Nathan Coyle outlines the mechanisms and tools to help councils to take citizen engagement on the issue seriously

Community-led housing groups given access to £4m fund

24/08/2021

The Government has launched a £4m fund to help community groups build homes in their neighbourhood.

An energy market reform that would help local communities and the planet

19/07/2021

Steve Shaw explains why community energy is a tried-and-tested means of engaging people in the energy system.

Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’

06/07/2021

Local authority leaders have insisted that the Government must guarantee long-term investment for local services in order to ensure the country’s economic and social recovery after the pandemic.

LGiU report calls for a local government-led Building Back Better commission

16/06/2021

A local government-led Building Back Better commission should be part of a new place settlement after the pandemic, a new report from the LGiU think-tank has urged.

Report calls for greater council powers to protect future of high street

26/05/2021

Councils and local communities should be given more power to decide the future of their high streets, a new report has argued today.

Community resilience: A new capability for local resilience

18/05/2021

Duncan Shaw and David Powell explore the role local government can play in bringing together communities to build resilient behaviours and networks.

More than 100 leisure centres could go bust, DCN warns

13/05/2021

More than 100 leisure centres in England could go bust due to the coronavirus crisis, district councils have warned.

Scotland has some of least local councils in Europe, says campaign group

04/05/2021

Scotland has some of the least local councils in Europe and is lagging behind England in terms of voter representation per councillor, new research has found.

Gazing up at the future of community power

29/04/2021

Following on from a three-day event in March, New Local's Building Stronger Things looked at how to put the ideas of the community paradigm into practice locally. Ann McGauran reports.

Londoners top list of people most satisfied with where they live

29/04/2021

Residents of built up commuter and ‘affluent’ towns, particularly those living in London, are the most satisfied with where they live, according to new research.

Navigating the new National Bus Strategy

09/04/2021

Bus Users explains what responsibilities local authorities will have for community engagement under the new National Bus Strategy.

Report calls for a 'connected recovery' from pandemic

24/03/2021

Safer and more welcoming public spaces would help people reconnect post-COVID-19, MPs and peers have argued.

UCL study calls for ‘21st century approach to prosperity’

16/03/2021

A new study has criticised the Government’s top down levelling-up agenda and calls for what it calls a ‘21st century approach to prosperity’.

Councils urged to build community spirit to help reduce health inequalities

05/03/2021

A toolkit to help local areas increase their community spirit beyond the pandemic has been published by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

A chance to speak as one

25/02/2021

Community power is gaining momentum across the public sector, says Adam Lent. In advance of New Local’s ‘Stronger Things’ event in March, he outlines why it’s time to build a united voice for change.

Think tank calls for political action on community power

23/02/2021

New legislation should be created to give communities more power over their places and services, a think tank has argued today.

Embracing the civic tech movement

22/02/2021

Lora Botev explains why ‘civic tech’ offers an opportunity for councils to re-engage communities in local decision making.

COVID-19 has 'exacerbated inequalities'

17/02/2021

While the pandemic has brought communities closer together, 44% of people also believe it has increased social divisions, according to a new report.

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan

15/02/2021

The Government has highlighted how vaccination buses and short films aimed at people with a learning disability are helping to boost vaccine uptake at a local level.

Councils secure funding to help boost take up of COVID-19 vaccine

25/01/2021

Over £23m has been allocated to 60 councils to encourage high-risk groups to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

Lessons learned from the pandemic

19/01/2021

Find out how a recent webinar explored for governments are supporting the health and wellbeing of their communities during the pandemic.

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

14/01/2021

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.

New proposals to fix Britain's 'fraying social fabric'

12/01/2021

Every local area should be represented by a parish or town council in order to rebuild ‘fraying’ communities after the pandemic, a think tank has argued today.

Expansion of Dormant Assets Scheme to potentially raise £800m

11/01/2021

The Government has announced that dormant assets are set to be unlocked, with the potential for more than £800m to be made available to support the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

What do we want our high streets to look like next Christmas?

05/01/2021

Vidhya Alakeson argues that community businesses provide a tremendous opportunity to create vibrant and resilient high streets and communities.

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