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

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

* 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 stakeholders. It aims to enable local authorities to deliver services more effectively and, above all, empower communities to identify and address their own local priorities.
* All local councils with rural catchment areas will want to ensure that they have the strategic mechanisms in place to take advantage of the Statement’s broad, mainstreamed approach.

Why social media will solve the problem of local voter apathy

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 …

Central-Local – It’s good to talk

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 …

C’llr Awards 2012: Community Champion of the Year

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 …

What journalists can learn about online engagement from politicians

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 …

LGiU report: Going where the eyeballs are: how email can connect councils with their communities

New LGiU research that shows how local government can reduce costs whilst building a more effective and engaging communications strategy

Networked Neighbourhoods: effective localism or narrow insularity?

  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’ …

Making the most of email

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 …

TweetyHall added to online councillor seminar

I’m delighted to announce that Lauren Ivory from TweetyHall will be popping in to our online councillor event this Thursday to deliver a special presentation. The day also features sessions from Hugh Flouch of Networked Neighbourhoods and Harringay Online, Cllr James Cousins of the …