Community action overview


Councils across England are exploring new ways to involve their communities in the design and delivery of local services through community action.


What is community action

What is community action?

Community action includes a broad range of activities and is sometimes described as ‘social action' or ‘community engagement'.


DevoNext devolution resources for local government

Why are councils using community action?

There are numerous strategic drivers for community action, many of which are interconnected. These include financial need, direct benefits to the community from a greater involvement in service delivery, and political and strategic need.


DevoNext devolution resources for local government

Six guiding principles

We have developed six guiding principles for councils looking to make community action work.