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Councils 'struggling' to tackle cohesion threats


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

How citizens hold the key to decarbonising Britain


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


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


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


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


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


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

Trust in councils plummets following pandemic


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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

Glasgow seeks more powers


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


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

Budget’s lack of social care support ‘disappointing’


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


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’


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


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


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’


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

Encouraging behaviour change to navigate climate concerns


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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

Improving the lives of UK social housing residents


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


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


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


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


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

The case for building back resilient


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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

How can open data compliment community development?


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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

COVID-19 has 'exacerbated inequalities'


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


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


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

Lessons learned from the pandemic


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


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'


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


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?


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

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