We’re on the hunt for lovers of local democracy everywhere, writes Spencer Wilson of Kirklees Council and #Notwestminster – local government officers, councillors, local activists, voters, the disenfranchised, data geeks and innovators… anyone who wants to change the face of local democracy. Know anyone who fits the bill? Then spread…
We all know that it is often the small things that can make a difference. A new report from the Young Foundation suggests that the humble public bench can make a surprising difference to communities, as Radhika Bynon explains.
There is much in the new Housing Bill that will garner a lot of attention and heated discussion. Andrew Dixon, Policy Advisor at the Federation of Master Builders, looks past the headline grabbing measures at what is proposed for planning.
Planning, as councillors know, is a democratic tool in the otherwise messy business of shaping the future and sharing scarce resources. But, writes Kate Henderson, planning must change so it is genuinely focused on people’s needs.
The announcements and reforms are coming thick and fast from central government, Tom Lawrence takes a look at the landscape. There are many common phrases to describe how things change or how they stay the same. “Evolution not revolution”, “May you live in interesting times” and “Plus ça change, plus c’est…
Viewpoint: Experiences of the Community Right to Bid – local authorities, nominating bodies and landowners
Since its introduction in 2011 there has been no consistent monitoring of the impact of the Community Right to Bid; Tessa Lynn of the University of Reading is carrying out research into its use across the country.
Over the next few months LGiU is focusing on what it takes to help make stronger communities, stronger services and stronger local democracy. Here is a preview of some of our forthcoming programme.
The political cut and thrust of the devolution debate is fascinating, and has enormous implications for the future of the way that local services will be delivered, writes Ed Hammond from the Centre for Public Scrutiny. It is particularly annoying that so much of it is being conducted behind closed…
NHS Citizen has been called the most ambitious public engagement project in Europe in the last 20 years, writes Demsoc's Susie Latta.
A recent ResPublica paper suggests that communities need a legal right to beauty. Janet Sillett finds much to ponder in the idea.