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More bang for your green buck: green income generation for local government

The outlook for the public sector at the end of 2010 was not good: the UK has slid into a serious recession, which combined with the banking crisis, has led to a budgetary crisis in the public finances not seen … Continue reading

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Community action works! Levenshulme Baths saved!

As part of the current Coalition government’s deficit reduction strategy, October’s Comprehensive Spending Review handed local government the toughest financial settlements across the public sector. This budget cut was passed down to local authorities with Manchester City Council receiving one of … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Localism Bill: Putting the ‘government’ back into in Local Government?

The Bill hasn’t been around for long, but it is already time to take a step back and look at the big picture. Is the Localism Bill a refreshing, new approach by government based on trust and confidence in local … Continue reading

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Building the ‘Big Society’ – what role for local government?

The ‘Big Society’ agenda is the driving political vision of the coalition government as they seek to redefine and transform the relationship between citizens and the state. It is primarily being driven forward by key Conservative politicians around David Cameron … Continue reading

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Modernising Commissioning: Is the Big Society bringing any clarity to the debate?

In December 2010, the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office published its Green consultation Paper  ‘Modernising Commissioning: Increasing the role of charities, social enterprises, mutuals and cooperatives in public service delivery’ as part of their commitment to promote … Continue reading

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‘Ensuring’ not ‘Enabling’: a future vision for local government

Polly Toynbee writing recently in the Guardian highlighted the concern and potential dissent brewing in local government about the terms of the financial settlement following the Comprehensive Spending Review. Local government, one of the hardest hit areas of government spending, … Continue reading

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Towards the ‘Big Society’: what role for neighbourhood working?

 ‘Neighbourhood’ has been recognised as a space that citizens identify with, feel a sense of belonging and where their concerns are in sharpest relief. It is also an enduring concept giving a spatial focus to a range of policy areas. … Continue reading

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Big Society: Learning the Lessons from Hull

Prepared by: Dr Tim Brown, Director, Centre For Comparative Housing Research, De Montfort University, and Vanessa Walker, Director of Practice, Institute of Community Cohesion, Coventry University. There are many soundbites and much rhetoric on the ‘big society’. Organisations as varied … Continue reading

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