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"£14m to empower communities and build safer neighbourhoods"


Whenever I read these press releases, two things go through my mind:

'You vill be empowered…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 21, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

"People Powered Change" - interview with BIG director

 "In terms of impact measurement, Kanani admits it can sound “flaky”


That's certainly what came to mind when I read the article about the…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 20, 2011 at 10:36 — 2 Comments

"Open Public Services"


Cabinet Office White Paper released, following yesterday's speech.

Added by Kate Gordon on July 12, 2011 at 8:53 — No Comments

"David Cameron to unveil blueprint for public services"


later this afternoon in East London.  


Wonder if he's going to say anything new? 


"The proposals would allow service providers to make profits in some areas like getting people off benefits and into work, but not in others such as health care."

Clearly a reflection of the backlash against Liberating the…


Added by Kate Gordon on July 11, 2011 at 6:49 — No Comments

2012 Sports Volunteering


Information received from a former workmate re: getting involved in 2012 through volunteering in sport locally.     'Sport' has a wide definition in this context, and volunteering includes setting up and running of local clubs/groups, stewarding, reffing, etc.   

Added by Kate Gordon on July 8, 2011 at 7:16 — No Comments

An Institute fit for the future?

Following the first Think Tank Seminar Series on 1st July 2011 at UCLan. We want to build on the momentum with NWCAN and provide community activists and grassroots groups with a space where you can discuss, contribute, and most importantly grow an International Institute for Community Leadership based on…


Added by Rebecca Steel on July 7, 2011 at 12:42 — No Comments

One for the foodies -

A community cafe in central Brum .. sounds like a contradiction in terms, but the menu looks good, as do their objectives.    Has anyone been there?   


Fletchers Walk near the floozie, by the Town Hall.  

Added by Kate Gordon on July 6, 2011 at 21:58 — No Comments

Legal action threatened over disability cuts

Campaigners for disabled people are considering legal action against the Government over proposed cuts to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), they said today.  

full article can be found at legal action threatened over disability cuts

Added by helen wheeler on July 2, 2011 at 15:38 — No Comments

CLG Plain Guide to Localism - updated



Duty to cooperate

Not all planning decisions can, or should, be made at a neighbourhood or local level. In many cases there are very strong reasons for neighbouring local authorities, or groups of authorities, to work together on planning issues in the interests of…


Added by Kate Gordon on June 23, 2011 at 23:46 — 3 Comments

Public Service: Not dead, not forgotten

In my last blog posting, I claimed that politics was presently moving away from the notion of win-win, towards win-lose politics where competition would replace cooperation and that key players would seek two or maybe three rounds of compete-punish-counterpunish.

I made this prediction based on the recent behaviour of greedy bankers, public service cuts and the backlash of protesters, strikes and job loses. I still believe…


Added by Andrew Climo on June 16, 2011 at 19:11 — 1 Comment

MPs squabblings on the localism bill


As you can see from this some coalition squabbles may slow this down and cause some bottlenecks but I'm sure it will be implimented on time 

Added by kevin Frayne on June 9, 2011 at 11:28 — No Comments

Government 2.0


Tim O’Reilly who championed Web 2.0, that provided the technical infrastructure for Social Media, has discussed the concept of a Government 2.0 which reviews how government should use of social media (web 2.0).He provides some ideas of how government can get its message across. Other authors (Robinson et al 2009) suggest the government should instead of spending time building websites and social media simply provide the data for communities to use and let the communities and…


Added by Dave Andrew on June 8, 2011 at 14:03 — 1 Comment

Future of money: A currency that's building community

There have been various techniques to integrate social communities through re-gentrification to pepper pot housing and the article includes a great idea of integrating a community that already exists.

Here is the link:


I'd be interested in any…


Added by Dave Andrew on June 8, 2011 at 14:02 — No Comments

More affordable homes under Right to Build initiative


You can see from this site the powers that could be used to help those people whose parents, grandparents etc have lived in the same area for…


Added by kevin Frayne on June 6, 2011 at 21:58 — No Comments

OCS - Strategic Partners programme


"The Office for Civil Society has laid out a detailed set of objectives for the charities receiving…


Added by Kate Gordon on June 6, 2011 at 12:05 — No Comments

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