Communities

  • Saving assets through community ownership

    28 February 2024

    Polling for Power to Change shows if councils are forced to sell their assets the public strongly favour them being sold to community organisations and locally-run businesses, says Josh Westerling.


  • Is EV charging the new rural amenity?

    13 February 2024

     EV charging is part of the solution to sustain thriving, dynamic rural communities, according to Zest.


  • Radical place leadership

    06 February 2024

    Donna Hall says radical place leadership is about much more than a place-based pooled budget, and now is the time for a radical rebel alliance.


  • Core Cities in Household Support Fund warning

    01 February 2024

    Failing to extend the Household Support Fund will be ‘catastrophic for many people in our poorest communities,’ Core Cities has warned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.


  • Networking opportunities

    30 January 2024

    Decisions made by local authorities have a major impact on residents’ mental health, and that is why Worcestershire has signed up to the Mentally Healthier Councils Network. Lisa McNally explains.


  • Pooling together

    29 January 2024

    As New Local launches a paper proposing place-based pooled budgets across public services, Jessica Studdert argues for the need to revisit Total Place principles.


  • We need to devise a plan to solve our communities’ housing crisis

    15 January 2024

    District councils need the Government to increase the housing benefit subsidy. Without this, local authorities increasingly cannot afford appropriate housing, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Using tech for effective placemaking in Halton

    08 January 2024

    Creating vibrant connected communities is a crucial part of local government policy making – and placemaking sits at the heart of this, say Stephen Young and Emily Douglin.


  • What Choice? Your Choice

    14 December 2023

    Director of practice at the London Innovation and Improvement Alliance Dr Karla Goodman says the Your Choice programme aimed at supporting change in young people at greatest risk of involvement in violence represents a promising development.


  • AI and public services of the future

    28 November 2023

    The challenge for Surrey is to work with partners to develop a regional economic ecosystem around AI, and harness the technology in a safe and trustworthy way, says Dawn Redpath.


  • Land value tax could redistribute billions

    09 November 2023

    A plan to reform business rates could lead to billions of pounds being redistributed from high land value areas to other parts of the country.


  • Thinking big and delivering locally

    08 November 2023

    Chippenham Town Council may be a parish council, but is structured as and acts like a district or borough council – and that was always the plan, says Mark Smith.


  • What Katie did next

    08 November 2023

    Katie Kelly talks to Ann McGauran about why she has broken out of retirement to follow her passion for service and belief in the incredible power that lies within communities.


  • King's Speech: Government to consult on Martyn’s Law

    07 November 2023

    The Government is to launch a consultation on fresh anti-terror measures.


  • King's Speech light on local government solutions

    07 November 2023

    The Government has vowed to increase economic growth – but warned the Treasury would prioritise cutting inflation over investments and borrowing – in its Parliamentary programme.


  • Prevent concerns amid Middle East crisis

    06 November 2023

    Fresh concerns have been raised about the Prevent programme amid rising tensions over the conflict in Gaza.


  • Calls to close extremism loopholes

    30 October 2023

    Local authorities are currently ‘having to police thought’ in their counter-terrorism role, an expert has said.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Home Office accused of misleading council over asylum plans

    24 October 2023

    The Home Office faces accusations in the High Court it misled a council over controversial plans for an asylum centre at a former military base.


  • Councils try to tackle rising community tensions

    17 October 2023

    Councils have taken a key role as they seek to tackle rising community tensions stoked by events in Israel and Gaza.


  • Have your say on the future of population and migration statistics

    13 October 2023

    Councils’ input is critical to providing evidence for the ONS’ recommendations on the future of population and migration statistics and the census, says Jen Woolford.