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A pivotal aspect of a shift to genuine localism, or ‘Total Place Lite’? The contributions to this Policy Platform by Peter Martin, Leader of Essex County Council, and Chris Williamson, Shadow Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, outline both views on the Coalition Government’s ‘Community Budget’ policy, announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review last October.
A new report and survey by Localis says that councils will have to deliver better services for less money, and that a salami-slicing, business as usual approach will not suffice. Councils must think radically about how they support and empower their residents and introduce new service delivery models.
This discussion note follows a panel event and workshop organised in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust about the future of services for young people.
A report in conjunction with Birmingham City Council on future paths for place-based and community-led approaches to service provision
In this report, we discuss the intricacies and virtues of customer-focused policymaking, and how it applies to local government. We based our findings on an innovative council, Cheshire West and Chester.
ViCP is a ground breaking project that matches volunteers to families with one or more children suffering from neglect and who are at risk of significant harm. CSV’s volunteers provide support and encouragement to help these families address the many problems they face and ultimately assist them in turning a chaotic, dysfunctional home into a happy, stable and safe environment in which they can thrive.
Milton Keynes aims to be an exemplar community for low carbon living and has developed an overall strategy to this end, working with key local partners – in particular the Homes and Communities Agency. In order to promote the take up of electric vehicles Milton Keynes Council has partnered with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Hull’s Youth Enterprise Bank (YEB) is an informal public/private/community partnership that facilitates grants to develop young people’s enterprising ideas. The Youth Enterprise Bank was set up with the support of the Council officers and members, Hull Youth Council, Chamber of Commerce, University of Hull and local entrepreneurs.
In this Policy Platform we discuss how a localised benefits system could work, and what positives and challenges it entails.
What these essays successfully demonstrate is that the ‘Small State, Big Society’ approach is not just a good idea ? it is an idea that has been shown to work, and one that offers the only real solution to the many challenges we now face.