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The Government yesterday launched a £23m fund to help local residents plan their own communities.
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.
A new partnership will soon equip councillors with ‘community organising’ skills to help them engage more effectively with their local communities.
Mark Whitehead finds out why smaller councils are taking on bigger roles in terms of responsibilities and delivering services.
Localism is a marathon, not a sprint, writes Lord Kerslake. Quick fixes through legislation will not be enough.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday announced he was ‘minded’ to support two locally-led proposals for merging district councils in Somerset and Suffolk.
A £1b fund has been announced for communities near fracking sites to pay for extra facilities including parks, sports centres and libraries.
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.
Seven areas have been chosen to share £8m to create a network of new community businesses in their areas.
Local experiment offers a way out, argues Ipsos MORI's Ben Page, and in the current uncertain environment it is more needed than ever.