Localism

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.

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.

Alliance calls for voting reforms to fix 'failing' system

03/07/2019

Political parties and civil society groups have signed the Good Systems Agreement calling for reforms to the UK's voting system.

Localism has led to ‘wide differences’ in fire service standards, inspectors warn

21/06/2019

A 'decade of localism' has led to wide differences in standards of fire services, inspectors have warned.

Protecting public spaces

22/03/2019

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

Councillors take final step towards creation of new Weymouth council

25/02/2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is one step closer towards setting up of a new town council for Weymouth.

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.

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.

Government urged to simplify creation of new councils

04/06/2018

The Government should make it easier for communities to set up new local councils in England, according to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Government launches £23m neighbourhood plan

20/03/2018

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

Local councils prepare to lobby MPs for extra powers

19/03/2018

Town and parish councils are calling for new powers to be handed to them following Brexit in what they see as the next stage in local government devolution.

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.

Power in the country lanes

15/03/2018

Mark Whitehead finds out why smaller councils are taking on bigger roles in terms of responsibilities and delivering services.

Lord Kerslake: Let's reignite the possibilities of localism

26/01/2018

Localism is a marathon, not a sprint, writes Lord Kerslake. Quick fixes through legislation will not be enough.

Javid approves locally-led proposals to merge councils

01/12/2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday announced he was ‘minded’ to support two locally-led proposals for merging district councils in Somerset and Suffolk.

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.

Javid accuses top-tier authorities of not passing grant funding to local councils

01/11/2017

Not enough cash from the support grant is going to local authorities because ‘too many top-tier councils’ are not following Government guidance, Javid says.

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.

Councils must show how local change can offer solutions that Whitehall cannot

06/10/2017

Local experiment offers a way out, argues Ipsos MORI's Ben Page, and in the current uncertain environment it is more needed than ever.

Redefining neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity

11/09/2017

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme ‘Redefining neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity'.

Four countries to test-drive new e-participation tool

04/07/2017

A new online tool to help reshape local politics and council spending decisions is being tested by four European countries.

Launch of councillor's guide to planning

19/05/2017

A new guide has been launched to give local councillors tips on how to plan for their neighbourhoods.

Celebrating the best of council-run services

24/03/2017

LocalGov and We Own It are partnering up to launch the Local Public Ownership Awards.

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.

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.

Peers urged to support creation of new local councils

17/01/2017

The House of Lords is being urged to support the creation of new local councils in England's city areas in order to strengthen local democracy and improve the take-up of neighbourhood planning.

Whitehall will tackle ‘injustice’ and build a ‘shared society’, PM says

09/01/2017

The Government will take an active role in tackling ‘everyday injustices’ and building a ‘shared society’, says the prime minister.

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.

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.

Deprived communities missing out on Neighbourhood Plans says think tank

26/08/2016

Poorer communities are missing out on a government scheme to improve neighbourhoods, according to new research published by a think tank.

Neighbourhood plans break the 200 mark

11/07/2016

200 neighbourhood plans have now been approved following three referendums in Herefordshire.

Report highlights benefits of using community currency

08/07/2016

A new report has revealed how the use of community currency - known as Time Credits - can help councils engage with and empower local communities.

Empowering communities builds ‘trust’ but not answer to austerity

06/07/2016

In the face of ‘massive austerity’ devolving power to local communities can give them a sense of ‘pride’, but cannot solve fundamental problems, according to an LGA panel on devolution.

Councils should make it ‘simpler’ to establish cohousing communities, report says

22/06/2016

Local government should make more land available cheaply for groups who want to set up cohousing communities, a report launched in the House of Commons today says.

The Green View: localism and devolution

20/05/2016

With the Green Party failing to make headway in the recent local elections, William Eichler finds out why their growing membership is failing to translate into seats.

Councils gear up for Queen's birthday celebratations

21/04/2016

Councils across the country are celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday in style today, with more than a thousand beacons being lit to mark the occasion.

Empowering local ambassadors

06/04/2016

William Eichler meets up with the campaigners who are being empowered to take resident-led action to improve their local communities.

The strong foundations of community involvement

10/03/2016

Tony Armstrong welcomes the new 'healthy towns' initiative but warns engaged communities should be at the heart of any plans

Map shows take-up of Community Rights programme

08/03/2016

More than 3,000 buildings, green spaces and other assets have been protected under legislation designed to give people more say over developments in their areas, according to the Government.

Deptford bids to ‘get back its mojo’ with new parish council

02/03/2016

A campaign has been launched to establish London’s second parish council under the Localism Act.

Funding secured for 87 new pocket parks

16/02/2016

Community groups across the country will share £1.5m of funding to transform 87 neglected urban spaces into new ‘pocket parks’.

Corbyn vows to end era ‘of forced privatisation’

08/02/2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to give councils new powers and freedoms to end the ‘forced privatisation’ of public services.

Welsh council leaders publish radical manifesto calling for more localism

23/11/2015

Council leaders in Wales have called on the Welsh Government to empower local authorities so that they can better protect local services.

Survey shows support for protection of parks

03/11/2015

The majority of people (95%) think parks and play areas should be protected from future development, with half saying they would be less active if local green space was lost, according to a new survey.

Council considers 'Green Guarantee' to protect public spaces

15/10/2015

Telford & Wrekin Council is considering protecting more than 100 green spaces from future development under its new Green Guarantee.

Two ‘Citizens’ Assemblies’ will explore future of local government

15/10/2015

Two ‘Citizens’ Assemblies’ in Southampton and Sheffield will bring representative samples of the population together to discuss the future of local democracy, according to a statement from Democracy Matters.

100 communities vote to take control of local planning

09/10/2015

One hundred communities across England have voted for the adoption of their Neighbourhood Plans, announced Locality.

Show failing public services a ‘red card’ says think tank

06/10/2015

Councils should have the power to directly intervene in failing centralised public services, by issuing a ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ card, according to the findings of a new report.

Report highlights 'uncertain future' for BAME community assets

01/10/2015

Government must help Black, Asian and minority ethnic organisations take over community buildings to ensure future generations benefit from them argues a new report by Ubele Initiative and Locality.

New parish council set for Sutton Coldfield

10/09/2015

Plans to create a new town council in Sutton Coldfield have moved a step closer, following Birmingham City Council’s recommendation to set up a new parish council.

Councils urged to be more innovative to reduce service demand

03/09/2015

Councils should encourage people to keep the streets clean rather than just relying on charges and fines to make up shortfalls in budgets, according to the findings of a new report.

Councils could be given power over Sunday trading rules

05/08/2015

Local authorities could be given the power to extend Sunday opening hours in a bid to boost the local economy by £1.4bn a year.

Consultation launched on ward boundaries in Scotland

30/07/2015

A consultation has begun on the number of councillors and electoral wards in Scotland by the Local Government Boundary Commission.

More local areas extend their Community Rights

27/07/2015

A Government push to hand more power to local areas has now reached 250 communities across England.

Call for long-term funding to support community-led housing

23/07/2015

More funding should be made available to communities that want to build their own housing, according to Locality.

Council introduces constitutional reforms

05/06/2015

Kingston Council is set to introduce resident-led debates, live webcasting of council meetings and changes to council question time, as part of a wider programme of constitutional reforms.

Empowered communities urged to enter £10,000 prize fund

05/05/2015

A nationwide competition has been launched today, offering £10,000 to organisations that help re-shape public services.

Town halls chiefs unite on devolution

28/04/2015

Council chiefs from across the UK have joined forces to call for the next government to make devolution an ‘urgent’ priority.

‘People power’ could cut cost of public service says report

24/04/2015

Councils have been urged to develop initiatives that encourage a more active contribution from the public, as a new report hails the benefits of public engagement.

Guildford considers hybrid model of governance

17/04/2015

Guildford Council looks set to adopt a hybrid system of governance in a bid to improve transparency and accountability.

Importance of imparting information

02/04/2015

‘Town hall Pravdas’? No. Information is the lifeblood of local government and constricting its flow will cause injury and even death, writes David Walker

Pub-goers value local inns like community centres, poll suggests

01/04/2015

Pubs are just as important to local life as community centres or post offices, a poll suggests.

Public would support council tax increase to protect services, poll reveals

24/03/2015

The majority of people believe local authorities or voluntary groups are best placed to deliver public services rather than profit making companies, according to a new poll.

Neighbourhoods urged to bid for planning funding

27/02/2015

Neighbourhood planning groups are being encouraged to apply for a share of £22.5m to help decide the future development of their local areas.

Councils need 'reinventing' for the 21st century warns think tank

24/02/2015

Local government needs a 'radical rethink' to examine 'what councils are for', according to a report from think tank MCA.

Hand communities more power over services and pubs, say MPs

03/02/2015

Communities should be given more power to shape local services, save pubs from closure and build housing, MPs have said.

Government announces more protection for English pubs

27/01/2015

The Government has announced it will take action to stop pubs in England being demolished or converted into different uses against the will of local people.

Whole Place Community Budgets

27/01/2015

Paul Tombs argues that wiith increased power comes increased responsibility.

Big Society has ‘failed’ warns report

20/01/2015

The Government’s Big Society has failed to deliver more power to local communities, according to a three-year investigation into the project.

Mayor blasts Pickles for ‘perverse’ planning decision

16/01/2015

The mayor of Liverpool has called the decision of Eric Pickles to turn down the proposed regeneration of the Welsh Streets as ‘unacceptable, dishonourable and completely perverse’.

Councils spending millions to ‘prop up’ drinks industry

15/01/2015

Councils are being forced to divert at least £1.5m a month from frontline services to ‘subsidise’ the drinks industry, town hall chiefs are warning.

Councils ‘overlooked’ on community energy policies

14/01/2015

Local authorities are being left out of government discussions on community energy policy, academics are claiming.

Lewis launches plain speaking planning guide

05/01/2015

A ‘plain English’ guide to the planning system has been published by the Government in a bid to get more communities involved in the planning process.

Give England’s councils same gambling powers as Scotland, says LGA

09/12/2014

Powers over local gambling proposed for Scotland must now be devolved to councils in England as well, town hall chiefs have said.

Dorset leader quits ahead of trial

04/12/2014

Dorset County Council’s leader has quit ahead of a trial over his alleged failure to declare interests in two property companies.

Dorset County Council leader to face trial

02/12/2014

Dorset County Council’s leader is to stand trial after pleading not guilty to three charges of failing to declare interests in two housing companies.

Leaders of 119 councils demand devolution and end to austerity

01/12/2014

The leaders of 119 councils in England have united to demand an end to austerity and greater power to match Scottish devolution commitments.

Report: London’s diversity makes neighbourhood plans ‘too difficult’

20/11/2014

Legislation brought in to help communities influence planning decisions has had little impact in London because it does not fit with the capital’s diversity.

Dorset leader steps down to fight charges

20/11/2014

The leader of Dorset County Council is facing charges of failing to disclose financial interests in a property company when he took office.

Community energy schemes receive £10m boost

13/11/2014

A £10m fund has been launched to help communities across England set up their own renewable energy schemes.

Council demands independent inquiry into alleged attacks by Libyan cadets

10/11/2014

Cambridge City Council has demanded a full independent inquiry into circumstances surrounding recent alleged sexual attacks involving Libyan cadet soldiers.

Councils unite to call for devolved powers

06/11/2014

Council leaders across all parts of the UK have joined together in calling for an ‘urgent’ meeting with White Hall to discuss devolution of power to local government.

Council becomes first to use new anti-social powers

03/11/2014

Oldham has become the first to use new anti-social behaviour powers to evict tenants from a property.

CBI calls for new fiscal rule on public spending

30/10/2014

Business leaders are calling for a new fiscal rule to ensure the government never spends more than it earns on public services.

Commission calls for ‘urgent’ overhaul of local government finance

30/10/2014

Local government in England could be funded largely by locally raised money if the finance system was reformed, according to a new report out today.

‘Gobbledygook’ council reports prove an education

17/10/2014

Councils have come under fire for producing reports that are more complicated to read than university textbooks.

Planning rules hit affordable housing and offices, LGA claims

08/10/2014

Government planning rules are slashing numbers of affordable housing while leaving charities and businesses at risk of eviction, councils claim.

Councils to publish more data on parking profits and bin collections

06/10/2014

Councils have been told they must publish more information on parking charges and rubbish collections, under new rules to the transparency code.

City’s libraries poised for volunteer takeover

29/09/2014

Volunteers are poised to take over almost half of a city’s libraries as part of cost cutting plans to save £1.6m.

Localism, the vote-winner

14/08/2014

Localis chief argues giving councils financial autonomy would be a vote-winner.

Grant councils more power over tax, report says

14/08/2014

Councils should be free to raise at least half of their incomes through local taxation, a report on Scotland’s local authorities has concluded.

Community volunteering brings risks and rewards

05/08/2014

Why local authorities can help implement effective volunteer-led public services.

Councils mark First World War centenary

04/08/2014

Councils across the country are today leading hundreds of ceremonies to mark 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

Core Cities and LEPs unite to boost business

31/07/2014

England’s largest cities have partnered with eight Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to boost national support for businesses.

Residents vote ‘yes’ to new town council

30/07/2014

Penrith could get a town council after almost two-thirds of residents who took part in a ballot voted in favour of the proposal.

Councils say Social Value Act is improving service delivery

26/06/2014

Local authorities say that delivering social value has led to better service delivery, cost savings and improved community relations, according to a new report.

£1m boost for community shares projects

25/06/2014

A fund designed to help communities take ownership of local assets and services has received a £1m boost.

Localism Act used to help council host Tour de France

24/06/2014

A local authority has used new powers to ensure the Tour de France's first stage can finish in its district.

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Declaring a climate change emergency

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.
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