Communities

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.

Community-led skills devo should be the way forward

03/12/2020

A more comprehensive and community-led approach to devolution would enable skills strategies and local services to be joined up more effectively, says Charlotte Morgan.

Ministers urged to 'double down on devolution'

17/11/2020

A new study has called for the creation of 'pop up parishes' and 'people's budgets' to give communities greater control over local services and assets.

Councils bid for vaccine role

16/11/2020

Councils have made a bid to play a key role in distributing the new coronavirus vaccine.

Report calls for extra investment in women's centres

20/10/2020

The Government has been urged to invest more funding in women's centres to help reduce the number of women in prison, in a new report published today.

Community involvement in local planning - why Local Plans hold the answer

12/10/2020

Alex Yedigaroff argues the planning white paper presents a great opportunity for local authorities to promote the importance of Local Plans to their communities.

Council leaders see ‘community wealth building’ as post-COVID priority

07/10/2020

Councils should focus on policies that strengthen the health, wealth and wellbeing of communities as they attempt to recover from the pandemic, report says.

Research highlights shortfall in community support hubs

30/09/2020

Over 150 local authorities are not operating community support hubs that provide vital services for vulnerable people, research has revealed.

Councils voice support for new Community Wealth Fund

10/09/2020

Calls for a Community Wealth Fund to transform the most ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods have been backed by 10 councils in England.

Nottingham agrees governance overhaul

28/08/2020

The council will implement a raft of measures in a bid to improve oversight of its companies after its energy firm incurred a £24m loss.

Government announces £5m for COVID-19 ‘social prescribing’

17/08/2020

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5m to help people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding boost for neighbourhood planning groups

10/08/2020

Grants to neighbourhood planning groups in urban and deprived areas has nearly doubled, the Government has announced.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

NLGN report offers four ways for mobilising mutual aid

30/07/2020

Four strategies for rapidly mobilising local mutual aid groups to ensure the most vulnerable have what they need to get through the pandemic are outlined in a new report from the NLGN.

Think tank calls for sweeping reforms to local taxes

06/07/2020

A group of former Treasury special advisers have called for revaluation of the council tax and reform of  business rates to boost the economy post-COVID-19.

How to get community infrastructure right post-pandemic? Listen, then invest

26/06/2020

Victoria Boelman calls on local leaders to listen to the voices of the local community to ensure we 'build back better'.

We must all step up to support our communities

18/06/2020

If we are to ensure a just recovery, the feelings of common purpose this crisis has caused must be harnessed, says Steve Butterworth of Neighbourly.

Luton forced into unavoidable cuts

17/06/2020

Luton BC’s boss has said the council has done all it can but has no other choice than to cut 365 jobs and frontline services.

Local groups urge PM to support a ‘community-powered’ post-Covid recovery

16/06/2020

Over 100 organisations have called on the Government to support a community-powered economic recovery which they argue would help revive local areas.

Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

16/06/2020

Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

Free community groups to take on assets - think-tank

03/06/2020

Powers allowing community groups to take on local assets should be kick-started to build on the volunteer spirit generated by Covid says a report released today.

Community cohesion at 'all-time high' say council leaders

28/05/2020

Community cohesion is at an all-time high despite plummeting economic confidence during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey of local government chiefs and leaders.

Participatory budgeting

21/05/2020

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.

Call for lifting of immigration rules

20/04/2020

Council leaders in England, Scotland and Wales have called for a temporary lifting of the immigration rules that stop some migrants accessing public funds.

Tactical urbanism

17/04/2020

Nathan Coyle calls on councils to build on community cohesion and have conversations about tactical urbanism when Covid-19 restrictions are over.

Councils' commissioning must boost communities says report

15/04/2020

The public sector should adopt Community Value Charters as a standardised way of evaluating social value and improving the lives of local residents, a new report has urged.

Playing outside helps build ‘connected communities’, research says

17/03/2020

Researchers have called on local authorities to ‘recognise and value’ the contribution of residents who organise playing out sessions for children.

Creating communities for all ages

13/02/2020

Bringing younger and older people together produces dividends, says Stephen Burke, who outlines how councils can encourage more intergenerational care and living.

Welsh village home of the UK’s ‘best high street’

24/01/2020

Treorchy High Street in the Rhondda Valley has been crowned the UK’s best in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

Village halls secure refurbishment funding

20/01/2020

The Government has awarded £1.2m to refurbish village halls in the past year.

Whitehall issues new armed forces ID card

09/01/2020

A new ID card for armed forces veterans has started to be issued to service leavers, according to the Government.

Eight councils to receive £20,000 to develop ‘behavioural insights’

08/01/2020

Eight local authorities are to receive £20,000 each in order to help them develop new ways to change the behaviour of residents as part of an effort to reduce demand on overstretched councils.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Community ownership in Scotland on the rise

11/12/2019

New figures have revealed that community ownership is on the increase in Scotland.

Measuring the true value of community transport

11/12/2019

ECT Charity explains why community transport is worth its weight in savings.

Providing sanctuary for refugees

10/12/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what councils across the country are doing to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees.

Councils taking ‘zero tolerance’ approach to community posters

25/11/2019

Nearly half of councils remove all posters put up by community groups, a new investigation has revealed.

Survey warns housing developments are 'built too quickly'

21/11/2019

Planners and developers are failing to consider the infrastructure needed to support new house building, according to a report produced with the help of architects.

Mending a shattered society

17/10/2019

Local government must be the glue that mends the broken bonds of our communities, writes Donna Hall.

Cambridge’s pioneering cohousing scheme

07/10/2019

Laura Sharman visits Marmalade Lane – Cambridge’s first cohousing development and the largest scheme of its type in the UK.

It’s time to reboot localism, says think tank

23/09/2019

Local authorities should formally commit to including the neighbourhood in all decision making processes, says Centre for London.

Northants gives green light to 17 community-run libraries

23/08/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has approved the business cases of 17 community-run libraries as part of a plan to safeguard the future of the authority’s library service.

Wales and Scotland identified as ‘rising stars’ in participative government

26/07/2019

A comprehensive review of participative, outcomes-based, joined-up policy making across the UK has identified Wales and Scotland as ‘rising stars’.

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