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Core Values of Public Participation

24 May

Capture IAPPAs an international leader in public participation, International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) has developed the IAP2 Core Values for Public Participation for use in the development and implementation of public participation processes. These core values were developed over a two year period with broad international input to identify those aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries. The purpose of these core values is to help make better decisions which re? ect the interests and concerns of potentially a? ected people and entities

Welfare reforms and the VCS: NCVO

24 May

Capture ncvo welfare refroms VCSThis discussion paper provides a brief overview of some of the planned welfare reforms and policy issues that they raise for the voluntary sector. This note is not intended to be comprehensive: we recognise that a great number of organisations, coalitions and consortia have been working on the issues surrounding welfare reform, and organisations will have different experiences and areas of expertise.

Health and wellbeing boards: a practical guide to governance and constitutional issues

24 May

Capture HWB governanceThe LGA and the Association of Democratic Services Officers have now published a practical guide to governance and constitutional issues to support local government members and officers interpret and implement their statutory duties in relation to the creation of health and wellbeing boards.

Community leadership workbook for councillors

20 Mar

community leadership councilloor workbookThis LGA workbook has been designed as a learning aid for all councillors, regardless of their experience or responsibilities. It makes no assumptions about how long you have been a member or your experience or lack of it as a leader in your community. Those who are relatively new to local government or the practical and philosophical issues concerning their community leadership role may feel there is much ground to cover. This workbook will brief and update you on the key aspects of this role in the context of the opportunities and challenges facing our communities today.



For information on changes’ councillor guide and associated research see

Neighbourhood Plans – roadmap guide

22 Nov

Neighbourhood Planning commenced in 2012. Local communities are now able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their neighbourhood, putting in place a vision and policies for the future development of the area. This presents real opportunities, but can seem a little daunting.

This guide from Locality is designed to help local communities or parish and town councils to decide whether or not to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and, if they decide to go ahead, to guide them through the process of producing the plan and thinking about how it will be delivered. The roadmap not only gives guidance on the requirements of legislation, but also on best practices and how to avoid pitfalls. In particular, it emphasises the need for effective community engagement as an essential part of producing a realistic plan, which has a sense of community ownership.

Shifting the dial

22 Nov

The UK is one of the countries at the vanguard of the wellbeing debate. In 2010 David Cameron tasked the Office of National Statistics to come up with a way of measuring wellbeing, including peoples own assessment of their wellbeing and satisfaction with their lives. Their first results were published in summer 2012, and full national wellbeing accounts will follow. Scotland has been measuring wellbeing through a dashboard of indicators since 2007.T

his report shares the findings of a project undertaken by Carnegie UK Trust and IPPR North to ask what needs to happen to ensure that measuring wellbeing is made to matter in policy-making practice. The project involved visiting six case studies that are, in different ways, further ahead than the UK with measuring wellbeing These were: the City of Somerville (Massachusetts, USA); the Commonwealth of Virginia (USA); Torontos Vital Signs project (Canada); the City of Guelph (Canada); the Canadian Index of Wellbeing; and France.

What is clear from the case studies is thatleadership is critical for a wellbeing agenda to prosper. Adopting a serious approach to promoting wellbeing requires changes to conventional policy-making processes and ways of understanding the world.

A mandate from the Government to the NHS Commissioning Board: April 2013 to March 2015

22 Nov

The first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years, is published today.

The Mandate reaffirms the Governments commitment to an NHS that remains comprehensive and universal C available to all, based on clinical need and not ability to pay C and that is able to meet patients needs and expectations now and in the future.

The NHS Mandate is structured around five key areas where the Government expects the NHS Commissioning Board to make improvements:

  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.