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Involving communities in difficult decisions

April 1, 2015

This briefing explores why and how local people can be involved in determining even difficult decisions, and explores the wide variety of techniques available.


User-driven commissioning – report by Disability Rights UK and Shaping Our Lives

March 1, 2013

A recent report considers three means of enabling users of health and social care services to have greater control of how services are commissioned: pooling personal budgets; drawing on service users' own choices and insights to inform commisioning; and developing peer support from service-user and staff-led mutual organisations.


Rural Statement 2012

December 13, 2012

* This briefing summarises the Rural Statement 2012 which sets out the Government’s agenda for rural England. It has three priorities: growing the rural economy, engaging with rural communities and supporting rural people’s quality of life. * The Statement highlights Defra’s role, championing rural needs across Government and engaging rural…


Why social media will solve the problem of local voter apathy

August 20, 2012 by Rob Dale

As part of their Democracy Week, the Guardian’s Local Government Network asked me to write about how social media can and is impacting on local democracy. Below is a copy of their edited version. In this year’s local elections only one eligible voter in three participated. This was the worst…


Central-Local – It’s good to talk

July 23, 2012 by LGiU

The National Audit Office (NAO) recently published “Central Government’s communications and engagement with local government”, a report on the effectiveness of central government’s communications with local government. The report found that communication is very challenging as a consequence of the organisational differences between central and local government. This difference brings significant risks of loss…


C’llr Awards 2012: Community Champion of the Year

November 23, 2011 by John Wilesmith

In addition to recognising and rewarding the great work of councillors, the C’llr Awards provide a unique opportunity for the voices of ordinary people to be heard. This is because, unlike many other awards, the LGiU and CCLA encourage members of the public to come forward and nominate local councillors…


What journalists can learn about online engagement from politicians

October 24, 2011 by Rob Dale

This article originally appeared on the BBC’s College of Journalism website. Journalists can learn a great deal from some politicians in terms of engagement, collaboration and co-production. With more than 1.1 million Twitter followers, 51,500 Facebook ‘likes’ and 1,000 YouTube subscribers, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, provides a great…



Networked Neighbourhoods: effective localism or narrow insularity?

September 14, 2011 by Rob Dale

  Wednesday 19 October, 18.30 – 20.00 Thatcher Room, Portculis house, Westminster LGiU are working with Networked Neighbourhoods and the Hansard Society to put on a free event in Parliament on Weds 19th Oct. We will be exploring the ‘relocalisation’ of the web and debating whether online neighbourhood networks (hyperlocal…


Making the most of email

May 16, 2011 by Rob Dale

Last Thursday evening I attended the MailCamp event - “a one-off show & tell workshop for people interested in how the public sector uses email marketing, newsletters and alerts to better engage with an audience”. Email is largely seen as old fashioned , but as Thomas Gensemer, the mastermind behind…


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