Category councillors

LCR magazine: fracking nightmare or essential reading for councillors?? Actually it’s both

Alert students in the parish classroom will this week and next be reading the new Winter edition of the local government journal LCR. Which you’ll have guessed from the title of this post contains a must read article on fracking! Here’s my 20 reasons from the Winter edition why LCR is essential reading, especially for […]

In praise of the village fete

Last week the Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles gave a speechurging faith groups to make use of new powers in the Localism Bill to end their reliance on the goodwill of local authorities and to play an active and visible role in society. He used the speech to again set out what the […]

Yet another whistlestop tour

This weekend sees #localgovcamp head back to Birmingham, the location of my very first unconference outing. I will be going along and returning to that scene – both the place and more particularly the people – which helped inspire and enthuse me on the digital front. I mentioned the interesting, thought provoking and innovative people […]

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 […]

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 […]