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The first Community Energy Strategy: opportunities for local authorities

February 13, 2014

* 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…


Social Justice: transforming lives one year on

May 22, 2013

* 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…


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The Big Lunch: Feeding Community Spirit

April 18, 2013 by Laura Wilkes

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 sharing lunch with neighbours, The Big Lunch strengthens communities and…


Civil Society Innovation Network: session 3

February 29, 2012 by Laura Wilkes

  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 the Community Rights Eden District Council talked about their work…


New approaches in an age of massive demographic change

January 10, 2012 by Andy Sawford

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 with Age UK, I will be publishing a review of…


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

December 16, 2011 by LGiU

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 are loads of innovative, interesting social enterprises working on a…


Public Administration Select Committee: report on the Big Society

December 14, 2011 by Laura Wilkes

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: the public (and to some extent, officials) do not get…


Civil Society Innovation Network: event 1, part 3

December 7, 2011 by Laura Wilkes

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 of State. Post 3 will be the key points and…


Civil Society Innovation Network: event 1, part 2

December 6, 2011 by Laura Wilkes

  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 Under Secretary of State. Post 3 will be the key…


Civil Society Innovation Network: event 1, part 1

December 6, 2011 by Laura Wilkes

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 Society Learning Network took place on 1 December 2011 and…


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