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The first Community Energy Strategy: opportunities for local authorities

* The Community Energy (CE) strategy provides a framework for support to increase the role of community groups in the distribution, production and saving of energy; with the aim of contributing to national carbon reduction targets, energy efficiency, local resilience, reductions in fuel poverty and localism.
* It has been developed closely with the various CE groups and coalitions in the UK, and enjoys their broad support. While the focus of the strategy is on communities, the vital role of local authorities in facilitating and co-driving local decentralised energy and energy efficiency is a significant part of the strategy.
* The strategy mainly announces incentives and initiatives which cover England, recognising that in Scotland and Wales, support systems and funding for CE groups already exists and good lessons can be learnt. It will be of interest to those working across different types of local authorities, especially in community engagement, energy and planning.

Social Justice: transforming lives one year on

* The document: Social Justice: transforming lives one year on (available here), is an update to the original document published in 2012. It is in part a progress report and in part a re-iteration of the guiding principles of the Government’s strategy for social justice.

*Key to the strategy is local delivery, with civil society playing a central role. There is an update on progress in developing what is described as a ‘social investment market’, including the creation of social impact bonds and the Big Society Capital Group.

*The strategy is aimed at families, young people, helping people into work, and disadvantaged adults, with a particular emphasis in the last of these on tackling drug addiction and rehabilitating ex-offenders.

*This briefing will be of particular interest to members and officers involved with children and families, social care, housing, employment issues, voluntary and community groups, and strategy.

The Big Lunch: Feeding Community Spirit

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Since 2009, LGiU has been analysing the social impact of The Big Lunch. We wanted to understand where Lunches took place, who participated and the difference that this made in communities. What we discovered was profound. Through the simple act of …

Civil Society Innovation Network: session 3

  The third session of the LGiU’s Civil Society Innovation Network took place on 23 February, at the Department for Communities and Local Government, to discuss the challenges and implications of the Localism Act. The Network heard from:   DCLG discussed …

New approaches in an age of massive demographic change

Towards the end of last year, I spent some time travelling around the country meeting council leaders and chief executives to find out about new approaches in an age of massive demographic change. In the next few months, working jointly …

How will the web change social action on a local level?

This guest post from Luke Bozier is part of the Civil Society Innovation Network series  Regardless of how much stick the Big Society has gotten over time, there is a vibrant, buzzing, healthy social/community action ecosystem in Britain today. There …

Public Administration Select Committee: report on the Big Society

Today, the Public Administration Select Committee has published their report examining the role of the Government in enabling the development of the Big Society. The report pretty much sums up what we in local government have been saying for months: …

Civil Society Innovation Network: event 1, part 3

This is the final of three blogs on the first event of our new Civil Society Innovation Network. Part 1 included videos from Lord Adebowale from Turning Point. The second post focused on the Ministerial address by Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary …

Civil Society Innovation Network: event 1, part 2

  This is the second blog of three on the first event of our new Civil Society Innovation Network. Part 1 included videos from Lord Adebowale from Turning Point. This second post focuses on the Ministerial address by Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary …

Civil Society Innovation Network: event 1, part 1

This is the first blog of three on the first event of our new Civil Society Innovation Network. Part 2 will focus on the Ministerial address by Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.  The first session of the Civil …