Category communities

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Control Shift: more power to local councils?

Last week we welcomed many of the underlying principles of the Conservative Party green paper on localism, ‘Control Shift: returning power to local communities’, and in particular the proposal for a power of general competence to be extended to local councils. Commenting on this latest policy paper from the Conservatives, our Chairman, Councillor Michael Chater, […]