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Creative approaches to multiple community asset transfer

May 16, 2012 by LGiU

This is a guest post from Debbie Lamb, Development Manager – Locality. The current financial crisis is changing the face of community asset transfer. Locality and its predecessors, the Development Trusts Association and bassac, have long since advocated and supported community asset transfer. Three or four years ago, the main…


Civil Society Innovation Network – session 4

March 22, 2012 by Laura Wilkes

In this final meeting of the Network wanted to look beyond the immediate term, to consider the long term challenges that local government will face. In particular, the Network discussed with Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, what the current and future context will mean for the future…


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…


Community Organisers and Local Government

February 2, 2012 by Laura Wilkes

Earlier this week, we posted an overview of the second session of the Civil Society Innovation Network. To continue the discussion from this session, the Community Organisers programme have provided us with a guest blog, where they outlines how Community Organisers work and why they aren’t a threat to representative democracy.   ——–  …


Civil Society Innovation Network: event 2

January 31, 2012 by Laura Wilkes

The second session of the LGiU Civil Society Innovation Network took place on 23 January 2012, and brought together members of the Network, with Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Decentralisation and Cities, London Borough of Sutton, the University of Manchester and Locality to discuss issues around knowing and developing…


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…


Portas Review: Community Right to BID

December 13, 2011 by Laura Wilkes

Today saw the launch of the Portas Review: an independent review on the future of high streets. The recommendations list a series of ideas and challenges for local government – not least more ‘Big Society’ provisions to enable citizens and communities to get more involved in deciding what they want…


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…


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