Community groups

  • Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up

    20 September 2021

    The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.


  • Buckinghamshire’s new collaborations

    30 March 2021

    Claire Hawkes outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s community board approach to distributing COVID-19 crisis funding, using a ‘light-touch, but robust application process’.


  • Report exposes local-national divide over pandemic

    02 November 2020

    Fractures between local and national decision-makers have been highlighted in a new report examining responses to the coronavirus crisis.


  • Councils advised to avoid term ‘lockdown’

    18 August 2020

    Experts have advised councils to avoid using the term ‘lockdown’ when discussing the reinstatement of coronavirus restrictions.


  • Keeping positive outside crisis time

    28 July 2020

    The better nature of people has come to the fore during the recent pandemic, but how do we keep the momentum going in more ‘normal’ times? Dan Corry poses the question.


  • Community groups attitude key to success

    14 July 2020

    Council attitudes towards community groups have a ‘clear impact’ on their success and sustainability, a think-tank report has found.


  • Free community groups to take on assets - think-tank

    03 June 2020

    Powers allowing community groups to take on local assets should be kick-started to build on the volunteer spirit generated by COVID says a report released today.


  • Community ties strengthen as economies unravel

    26 May 2020

    Community cohesion is at an all-time high despite plummeting economic confidence during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey of local government chiefs and leaders.


  • Councils' plea to support voluntary sector

    31 March 2020

    A group of councils has written to the Government demanding action to protect community organisations during the coronavirus crisis.


  • Organising for change

    26 February 2020

    Dominic Campbell looks ahead to the NLGN’s upcoming flagship event, assessing how the sector can make the most of the power of change


  • Bristol mayor creates UK-first social investment scheme

    30 September 2019

    Bristol’s mayor is hoping to mobilise the investment power of businesses to tackle the city’s challenges in a scheme thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.


  • Pride in Camden

    24 September 2019

    Camden LBC's leader Georgia Gould and chief executive Jenny Rowlands explain to Heather Jameson how they are reshaping council meetings and pulling in their communities to create a modern, vibrant council of the future.


  • Regenerating Rochford’s high street

    14 August 2019

    High streets everywhere are feeling the pinch, but Rochford is experimenting with new ways of increasing visitor footfall and engaging the community. Shaun Scrutton reports


  • Reducing the risks from transition

    24 July 2019

    The May local elections returned significant numbers of new councillors including new single issue groups. Abdool Kara examines the role of chief executives in actively managing the transition.


  • Collaborative leadership for thriving places

    17 July 2019

    PlaceMakers is a programme that brings local leaders from all sectors together to develop a collective understanding of their place. Anna Randle and Alex Khaldi explain why single-sector leadership development programmes are not enough.


  • Local government has a crucial role to play in maximising crowdfunding’s potential

    20 May 2019

    Jonathan Bone says maximising the opportunities available through crowdfunding will require a 'different kind of local government with a different culture, ways of working and relationship with communities’.


  • Building without the battles

    29 December 2018

    While 2018 saw community resistance to regeneration projects, Colin Crooks believes there are some signs of optimism for the growing regeneration activity in 2019


  • Let’s rebuild support for our voluntary bodies

    04 December 2018

    Something is not right in the state of the relationship between local government and the voluntary and community sector – yet the importance of a productive collaboration has never been greater, argues chair of NAVCA John Tizard.


  • Lord Bourne urges bids for Windrush Day events cash

    22 November 2018

    As the MHCLG launches a £500,000 fund to support councils and community groups in putting on events to celebrate national Windrush Day Communities Minister Lord Bourne says local authorities have a powerful role to play


  • Say ‘no’ to municipal censorship

    30 October 2018

    When grassroots activists proactively engage in the democratic process, they should be allowed to do so without municipal censorship, argues Claire Fox