Communities

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’.

Neighbourhood services cut by £8.9bn

22/07/2019

Funding for neighbourhood services across Britain has fallen 27% over the last decade, according to new research.

How South Tyneside became Co-operative Council of the Year

16/07/2019

An unusual way of providing public services has proved successful in an area hit by unemployment and huge cuts in government funding, as Mark Whitehead found out.

Government announces £28m to ‘ease pressure' of migration

15/07/2019

Councils across England are to receive £28m to help ease the pressures on services resulting from recent migration, the Government announced over the weekend.

Council drops plans to close ‘third of libraries’ after outcry

10/07/2019

Essex County Council has done a U-turn on its plan to close nearly a third of its libraries after a consultation received thousands of responses opposing it.

The power of the community

05/07/2019

Tony Armstrong writes about why and how we must commission public services locally, and the growing Keep it Local movement.

Why we need place-shaping technologies

28/06/2019

Michael White of BT looks at how digital technology can enhance placeshaping.

Local authority named ‘co-operative council of the year’

26/06/2019

South Tyneside Council has been named ‘co-operative council of the year’ thanks to their commitment to the co-op principles in the face of deep funding cuts.

Poorest areas could lose billions after Brexit, campaigners warn

11/06/2019

The poorest areas of Britain could lose billions of pounds in post-Brexit funding, campaigners have warned.

National strategy to tackle inequalities in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

07/06/2019

Communities minister Lord Bourne has launched a national strategy to tackle inequality and improve the lives of gypsy, roma and traveller communities.

Councils struggle to tackle 'nuisance' urban gulls

21/05/2019

Councils across the UK are using a wide range of measures to deal with the nuisance posed by urban gulls, according to new research.

Councils sell more than 200 sites to community led housing groups

16/05/2019

A third of councils in England are supporting community led housing development in a bid to tackle the housing shortage, new research has revealed.

Celebrating 25 years of paint recycling

01/05/2019

Community RePaint network appeals for local authority support as it celebrates 25 years of paint recycling. Sarah Burns reports.

Think tank calls for ‘new relationship’ between employers and communities

24/04/2019

A new relationship is needed between major employers and their local communities, according to a new report.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’

08/04/2019

Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

Protecting public spaces

22/03/2019

Local Government News finds out why local community organisations and councils must work together to save public spaces.

Veterans given better access to services with new ID cards

19/02/2019

A new ID card to help armed forces veterans gain access to specialist support and services has started to be issued.

New funding to get people more involved in local issues

15/02/2019

Funding has been announced in 16 boroughs, town and cities across England to encourage more people to get involved in local issues.

Brokenshire announces plans to improve integration

11/02/2019

The Government has announced new measures to help immigrants integrate with their communities.

125 years and the issues remain the same

01/02/2019

Spending time poring over issues of The MJ from the past 125 years it is remarkable how much things change and yet they remain the same, says Heather Jameson.

Thousands of community-led homes ‘at risk’ due to cuts

31/01/2019

An estimated 3,500 community-led homes are at risk due to the Government’s decision to close a multi-million pound housing fund.

The growing impact of civic tech

15/01/2019

Mark Cridge explains how civic tech can give councils better outcomes and enhance civic participation for millions of people.

Whitehall announces £1m ‘pocket park’ fund

05/12/2018

Community groups can bid for a share of a £1m fund to help them develop ‘pocket parks’.

The long journey towards rebuilding trust at Kensington and Chelsea RLBC

13/11/2018

The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath were devastating, says Elizabeth Campbell - and she pledges to listen more closely to local people to ensure they 'have a real stake in what is happening on their own doorsteps and in their own lives'.

Whitehall announces ‘refresh’ of hate crime legislation

16/10/2018

The Government today announced a series of measures aimed at tackling hate crime, including £1.5m for community groups that challenge prejudice and hatred.

Perfect partners for community growth

26/09/2018

Michelle Ovens explains how partnerships between local government and small businesses can dive more social impact at a low cost.

Communities urged to bid for £163m housing fund

18/09/2018

Community-led groups are being invited to bid for a share of £163m housing fund to help deliver new affordable housing schemes.

Councils should ‘step back’ from service provision, think tank says

13/09/2018

Local authorities should shift their focus away from direct service provision and focus more on enabling communities to ‘step up’, new study argues.

Whitehall announces £6m English learning programme

05/09/2018

Local authorities will soon be able to bid for funding from a £6m English language learning programme, the communities secretary has announced.

Whitehall to give communities ‘more direct role’ in decision-making

09/08/2018

The Government has launched a new strategy aimed at giving communities a more direct role in decisions that affect their local areas.

Funding unveiled to tackle poor integration

10/07/2018

A new £7m fund to help tackle the causes of poor integration in England has been launched by local government minister, James Brokenshire.

Whitehall launches £163m ‘affordable’ home fund

03/07/2018

Whitehall has launched a £163m ‘affordable home’ fund available to community-led housing groups across England.

Council leaders dismiss 'Dickensian' perception of authority

12/06/2018

The residents of an East Anglian borough see their council as 'Dickensian', according to its mayor - even though leading councillors claim it as a national success story.

Councils to share £19m to boost integration

11/06/2018

Councils in England will receive £19m to help ease pressures on housing, education and health services due to recent migration.

Housing should be ‘more resilient’ to flood damage, architects say

04/05/2018

The Government needs to help homes and communities become more resilient to flood damage rather than focus on keeping the water out, charity says.

Survey reveals extensive support for community-run businesses

04/05/2018

Over 34 million members of the public would like to see more community action to save local resources and provide local services, a new poll finds.

Government launches £23m neighbourhood plan

20/03/2018

The Government yesterday launched a £23m fund to help local residents plan their own communities.

Councillors to be equipped with 'community organising' skills

16/03/2018

A new partnership will soon equip councillors with ‘community organising’ skills to help them engage more effectively with their local communities.

Councils urged to unlock £7bn of untapped assets

12/12/2017

Councils should assess the 'social value' of community businesses to help keep local areas strong and vibrant, according to a new report.

Charity calls for protection of 'crucial' rural post office

20/11/2017

Citizens Advice has called on the government to invest more in post offices in rural areas.

Rural life is ‘disappearing fast’ warns new research

14/11/2017

Rural schools, pubs and post offices are being forced to close down due to ageing and dwindling populations, a new report has warned.

Communities to share £1bn shale gas funding

13/11/2017

A £1b fund has been announced for communities near fracking sites to pay for extra facilities including parks, sports centres and libraries.

Launch of grass-roots project to tackle local inequality

26/10/2017

Seven areas have been chosen to share £8m to create a network of new community businesses in their areas.

Guidance to help councils benefit from youth programme published

25/10/2017

New guidance has been launched to help local authorities benefit from a Government-backed youth empowerment programme.

One million people blighted by ‘dirty’ communities

16/10/2017

One million people in Scotland are living in ‘dirty’ communities due to budget cuts and a lack of civic pride, a new report has revealed.

Report explores how councils are dealing with service change

12/10/2017

Councils in Wales have been urged to monitor the impact changes to services are having on local communities, in a new report published today.

Satisfaction with Scottish public services falls to lowest level in a decade

27/09/2017

The number of adults satisfied with three public services in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level since 2007.

Councillors should take ‘backseat’ to encourage community collaboration, report says

28/07/2017

Councillors should learn to take a ‘backseat’ in local projects in order to encourage community collaboration and build trust in local government, report says.

Councils ‘failing’ community activists

19/07/2017

Councils are failing to support local volunteers despite a recent survey finding nearly one third of residents would like to get involved as community activists.

Whitehall announces £1m of refugee support funds

19/07/2017

The home secretary today announced £1m of extra funding to help communities support Syrian refugees.

Prevent ‘toxic’ brand in need of repackaging, councillor says

05/07/2017

Prevent has become a ‘toxic’ brand and needs repackaging, councillor says during a discussion on how to promote integration.

Manchester announces first LGBT care scheme for elderly

17/02/2017

Manchester City Council has announced its ambition to create a community aimed at older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Care of the elderly should be a shared responsibility

07/02/2017

Tony Pilkington calls on councils to develop new models of care in order to empower local communities.

Council health funded community projects are huge success

01/02/2017

Cheshire East Council has enjoyed huge success with the recent launch of participatory budgeting – the authority’s answer to getting communities more involved with projects that positively impact on the borough’s health.

Public service delivery should be ‘local by default’, argues community group

25/01/2017

The current trend among councils of standardising services and outsourcing contracts to big national charities and multinational companies is ‘counterproductive’, campaigners warn.

DCLG announces £210,000 to support community projects

24/01/2017

Over £200,000 of extra funding will be available for community projects that bring together diverse communities and different faiths, the DCLG has announced.

An evidence base for tackling social cohesion

04/01/2017

Professor Richard Webber explains how Big Data has been used to identify the level of diversity in every street in Britain and how councils can use this information to tackle social cohesion.

How councils can better understand minority communities

13/12/2016

Professor Richard Webber calls for a new strategy to help local authorities understand minority communities.

Councils urged to tackle segregation by Casey

05/12/2016

Public sector leaders have done too little to stop communities from becoming segregated for fear of being branded racist, Dame Louise Casey has claimed.

New powers must be driven beyond town halls says new report

15/11/2016

Devolution to local government will only be successful if power is driven beyond town halls and into local communities, a new report from the Co-operative Party has argued.

Croydon Council to pilot community decision-making scheme

15/11/2016

Three local communities in south London are to be given more responsibility for services as part of a six-month pilot scheme launched by Croydon Council.

Report calls for £1bn fund to transfer public assets to communities

08/11/2016

The Government should invest £1bn to help transfer public buildings and land into the hands of community groups.

How are councils using the Social Value Act?

04/11/2016

Take part in our reader survey exploring how local authorities are using the Social Value Act when procuring and commissioning services.

Online community action toolkit launched

28/10/2016

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched an online toolkit to help councils involve their residents in the design and delivery of services.

May appoints new communities secretary

14/07/2016

Sajid Javid has been appointed local government minister in the new cabinet.

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Challenging rateable values

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