Author Archives: justinhgriggs

The Big Society #1: And our local parish and town councillors

The central feature of the coalition’s programme for government, other than addressing the budget deficit, seems to be the Big Society thing. The Big Society thing is all about the activity of the state being too pervasive and crowding out community life and individual responsibilities. The Prime Minister himself has made it clear that “the […]

It’s good to get out and about

For a national body like ours with a London headquarters, it is really important we are in touch with our grassroots local councils and councillors. One of the features of my role at NALC is regularly getting out of the office and around the country to see our councils in action. My trip to Billericay […]

Twitter and local councils

Whilst the use of social media/networking is steadily growing in local government, it would be fair to say that it hasn’t exactly exploded within the first tier of local government. This may not be such a bad thing as local (parish and town) councils are cautious and risk averse creatures, perhaps rightly so many would […]

The Sussex Experience

Earlier this week I spent two days in Sussex to accompany our Chairman, Councillor Michael Chater as he hosted a visit by the Rural Advocate and Chair of the Commission for Rural Communities, Dr Stuart Burgess. My colleague Crispin Moor, Whitehall Director at CRC was also part of the visiting delegation to see local democracy […]

4th plinth and Colalife

When I was at #localgovcamp recently I finally met in the flesh Russell Tanner, the e-Communications Manager for the Commission for Rural Communities. We’d previously swapped emails on a whole heap of stuff, in particular on sorting out the online launch of guidance arising from our joint project on engaging with new unitary authorities. Like […]

Another whistle-stop tour

Going to #localgovcamp in Birmingham at the weekend has both inspired and motivated me where my blog is concerned. The great people I met there (all passionate about social media and local government) also made me feel quite guilty, so the pledge I made at the end of the event was to update my blog […]

Why the draft Community Empowerment Bill is important

An article I contributed to by our Chairman, Councillor Michael Chater on empowerment and the draft Community Empowerment Bill, which was first published in LGCplus on 12 February: In the current economic climate the actions of local government are even more important to the lives of our citizens and communities than ever. How our communities […]

Defra announce funding boost for local communities

At our Stepping Stones regional conference in London this week, Defra announced funding of £300,000 to NALC and ACRE in recognition of the importance of local councils and community action in rural areas. This investment, for a range of projects over the next two years, is aimed at supporting the empowerment agenda at the local […]

NALC Leadership Academy Pilot

A first for my blog in the shape of a guest post, an article from our Learning and Skills Manager, Neil Evans on a recent pilot leadership academy: In partnership with the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA), NALC ran its first leadership pilot programme in November 2008 at Warwick University’s prestigious business […]

New power of well being for local councils

The statutory guidance on the new well being power for local councils, along with associated training support, was launched at our County Training Partnership event in London last week. This exciting enabling power now comes to the tier of local government closest to the community after much lobbying by NALC and partners such as SLCC. […]