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Understanding the community right to bid

24 May

Capture communiyt right to bidThe Community Right to Bid (Assets of Community Value in legislation) is one of a raft of new initiatives introduced in the
Localism Act 2011, and came into force when it completed its ?nal
Parliamentary stage in Autumn 2012.

The Community Right to Bid allows communities and parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing by the local authority as an asset of community value.

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

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

Control Shift

19 Mar

control shift

This Demos report is the final output of a project designed to reach some consensus over what responsibility can mean for public policy.

It looks, primarily, at three vital areas of public and political intersection C public health, community resilience and personal finance C in order to attempt to identify what gaps in appropriate responsibility exist, why they have developed and what might be done to solve them.

This report grows out of a provocation paper C Rebalancing Risk and Responsibility C published in September 2012 and discussed at roundtable debates at 2012 party conferences.

It asked a series of questions about the extent to which we as a society are really prepared actively to promote responsibility through public policy C suggesting a number of potential avenues for reform, which are included here as illustrations of what a pro-responsibility agenda might look like.

It was then thoroughly discussed, debated and C naturally C criticised in roundtables with policy makers and experts from a variety of education, consumer and commercial organisations, as well as by experts at Zurich. Zurich also engaged with its employees from across the UK to debate the issues raised in Rebalancing Risk and Responsibility via online discussion forums after the party conferences,

and has fed in views to this final paper. What has emerged is a cautious set of interventions and policies that focus on responsibility while striving to safeguard fairness and freedom. These proposals are designed to promote the rebalancing of risk and responsibility, focusing policy on

shifting control from the state to individuals and communities.

Planning for the environment at a neighbourhood level

19 Mar

plan enviromnmentThe Environment Agency, English Heritage, Forestry Commission and Natural England are the statutory environmental bodies that deliver the Governments work to protect and improve the natural, built and historic environment.Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to shape the future of the places where they live and work. This advice note is for community groups and parish / town councils starting work on aneighbourhood plan, neighbourhood development order, or Community Right to Build Order.

It covers:

  • ideas on how to improve your local environment through neighbourhood planning
  • where to go for information about your local environment
  • information on environmental assessment
  • when to consult

DCLG – notes on neighbourhood planning: edition 4

19 Mar

This bulletin from the neighbourhood planning team in the Department for Communities and Local Government provides an update on the latest news and policy developments, how the neighbourhood planning team can help communities, and how communities varied work on the ground fits with the national picture

Access it here