Communities

  • Let's start again

    07 June 2024

    The next government will have to reset the relationship with councils and establish an equal partnership between local and national government, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.


  • Time to all pull together for a joined-up future

    05 June 2024

    Camden LBC leader Georgia Gould – the Labour candidate for Maida Vale and Queen’s Park - wants stabilised funding and central, regional and local government pulling together in the same direction. Heather Jameson says: 'Is it too much to ask?'


  • Stronger Things: 'Go deeper to deal with the age of division'

    04 June 2024

    Using community power to tackle highly polarised local problems requires ‘going deeper and deeper until some of the falsehoods clear out’, New Local’s Stronger Things has heard.


  • Stronger Things: Chief champions need to 'renew democracy'

    04 June 2024

    Councils can ‘renew democracy from the grassroots up,’ a borough chief has claimed in a plea for local authorities to become more community-led.


  • Stronger Things: Public services are structured for waste, says Denham

    04 June 2024

    The current system of public services is structured to create waste, a former local government secretary has claimed.


  • Stronger Things: Real interest in community power at the top of Labour

    04 June 2024

    There is ‘real interest and engagement’ among Labour politicians nationally in community power along with the energy to drive forward the agenda, the leader of Camden LBC has said.


  • Climate action: Give us the tools so we can get the job done

    03 June 2024

    Cllr Dr Pete Sudbury says councils are the best bodies for delivering local climate action. He calls on the next government to empower them to get on with the task.


  • Knitting the net to tackle hardship

    28 May 2024

    Speaker at New Local's upcoming Stronger Things 2024 Katie Schmuecker argues councils are key to providing the local social safety net to protect people from hardship – and a plan is needed urgently.


  • Feel the power

    28 May 2024

    Georgia Gould explains what Camden LBC is doing to harness and enhance the passion of people in a bid to renew our communities and our country.


  • Building the pillars of wisdom

    28 May 2024

    It’s the penultimate challenge for the contestants of this year’s Local Government Challenge. Their brief: to tackle deprivation and inequality through Waltham Forest LBC’s Stronger Communities strategy. Bekah Carrington explains.


  • Government's waste reform timetable is rubbish

    21 May 2024

    The Government's proposed timetable for waste reform is every bit as rubbish as I had feared, writes chairman of the District Councils’ Network, Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • ‘Fix the broken system’

    15 May 2024

    Local authorities are taking the lead in trying to alleviate the climate crisis but there is a definite disconnect between the actions of Westminster and those on a local level, as Eleanor Radcliffe and Sarah Longlands explain.


  • Restoring resilience

    15 May 2024

    Councils need to own the leadership of the response to extreme weather events and should argue the case for their role to be recognised and properly resourced, says Dame Meg Hillier.


  • LGA: Care Act hope has faded

    14 May 2024

    Only around two thirds of councils are confident of being able to meet all their legal duties under the Care Act by April.


  • MJ Regen: The sum of all parts

    14 May 2024

    Combined authorities have the tools to drive regeneration but the private sector must work in partnership to deliver, says Phil Mayall.


  • A proactive approach to climate change

    14 May 2024

    Andrew Spencer discusses how Equans is creating sustainable communities through effective place-based decarbonisation.


  • MJ Regen: How to grow when the cash runs out

    14 May 2024

    With the current state of council finances, we need to look again at the role of local authorities in economic development, focusing on convening and collaborating rather than delivering growth, says Dr Simon Kaye.


  • Communities are the heroes of the East Hampshire story

    13 May 2024

    East Hampshire DC is working with its transformation adviser to create a compelling, 10 years ahead story about transforming its place, says Gill Kneller.


  • Brent’s big turnaround

    07 May 2024

    Brent has one of London’s highest poverty rates. Kim Wright illustrates how the council is working in partnership with several pilot initiatives to support residents hit by the cost of living crisis.


  • Keeping local government relevant and meaningful

    07 May 2024

    Following the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, we need to recognise that social capital may be just as tired as some staff in local government, says Kathy O'Leary.