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Join us in celebrating all things local government during Local Democracy Week with another 'tweetathon' on #OurDay 2013 on 17 October!
Councillors are at the heart of their local communities. The councillor role is a unique civil role; it is one with a democratic mandate. Councillors give up a considerable amount of time both from their work and their families.
12 August 2013
Less than a quarter of welfare recipients will be in a position to mitigate reductions in benefit payments by finding work or moving to cheaper accommodation, a ground breaking independent study commissioned by the LGA reveals.
9 July 2013
LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell responds to Communities Minister Don Foster's announcement of £4.3 million financial support for neighbourhood budgets as part of the Our Place programme.
24 June 2013
Read the comments of LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell as he responds to the Government's announcement that £200 million will be invested into the Troubled Families programme to extend help to 400,000 families in 2015/16.
The LGA's localism programme is helping councils reform public services and lobbying for greater decentralisation and devolution to local government. The golden rules include:
- Councils being at the centre of Public Service reform, thus delivering more effective services for local people
- Government policy continues in a localist direction and a thriving voluntary and community sector is encouraged
- Councils are supported to develop new models of local public service delivery and commissioning, including community budgets.
In this section
The Localism Act was introduced in November 2011. The aim of the act was to devolve more decision making powers from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. The act covers a wide range of issues related to local public services; this section outlines key information on the act for local government.
Local government has a democratic mandate to lead all of our communities, identify a diverse array of needs and providers and prioritise spending has never been more crucial – or more challenging. Find out how the Keep it REAL programme can help you in these decisions.
The Open Public Services White Paper was launched by the Government in July 2011. Read our ‘On-the-day briefing' which summarises the White Paper themes and delivers our key messages on behalf of the sector.
The Localism Knowledge Hub Group is a forum for councils to discuss the localism agenda (you may need to register). Here you can learn more about the provisions of the Localism Bill, explore how to implement this new piece of legislation to benefit your local communities and share examples of localism in practice.