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									Empowered communities –
implementing the White Paper



Charles Woodd - Community Empowerment
Division
              Strong and prosperous communities


• ‘The aim of [the Local Government White Paper]
  is to give local people and local communities
  more influence and power to improve their lives.’


• ‘It is about …..rebalancing the relationship
  between central government, local government
  and local people.’


                                    Ruth Kelly, MP
                                 Secretary of State
                           Securing participation –
                           the new Best Value duty


Under the new Best Value duty, authorities will be
  required to take steps, where appropriate, to
  ensure participation of local citizens by:

• Informing them

• Consulting citizens and communities

• Involving them in designing, delivering or
  assessing a service
                  The structural context for community
                                           engagement

• Sustainable Community Strategy

• Local Area Agreement

• Local Development Framework

• A strategic framework for commissioning

• Statement of Community Involvement

• Asset management strategies and plans

• Compact with the voluntary and community sector

• Neighbourhood management and governance
                  A strategic approach to community
                      engagement and empowerment


Two dimensions to community engagement and
  empowerment:

• Creating more opportunities

• Building capacity, in both local government and
  communities, to take advantage of those
  opportunities
                             Three starting points….




• Blueprints – no; recipes – yes

• Diverse responses in unique localities

• The limits of top down planning: learning
  through trial and error and shared experience
                                 OPPORTUNITIES…
                         Strengthening the role and
                   representativeness of councillors

• Commission on Councillors, looking at
   - recruitment
   - retention
   - recognition
   Reporting in November 2007

• Community Call for Action

• Overview and Scrutiny Committee
                                 OPPORTUNITIES…
                           Representative structures


• Representation on the LSP

• The proposed health-related LINks – local
  involvement networks

• Other service-based bodies

• Top-down devolved structures – eg area
  committees and forums
                                OPPORTUNITIES…
                    Neighbourhood management and
                                      governance

• Parish and community councils
   - simplifying and extending process of
     establishment
   - extending well-being power to Quality
     parishes

• Neighbourhood management

• Local charters, perhaps based on
  neighbourhood or parish planning

• Residents networks, forums etc
                               OPPORTUNITIES…
              Community management and ownership
                                        of assets

• Quirk Review:
  - corporate approach to asset management
  - asset transfer to communities as a serious
  option
  - greater awareness of powers and good practice

• Tenant management:
  - review of Right to Manage regulations
                          BUILDING CAPACITY…
             Building capacity in local government


• Community engagement as an improvement
  priority within the emerging National
  Improvement Strategy

• Training councils and other LSP partners as
  commissioners – in the broad sense

• Learning provision for councillors as well as
  officers
                            BUILDING CAPACITY…
                  Building capacity in communities

• Learning for active citizenship and citizen
  governance – www.takepart.org

• Better co-ordination of community development
  – Community Development Challenge report

• Neighbourhood/community level infrastructure –
  Firm Foundations (Home Office 2004)

• Good practice guidance, online information
  including www.togetherwecan.info
                           BUILDING CAPACITY…
               Building capacity in the third sector


• ChangeUp/Capacitybuilders – support for the
  third sector infrastructure

• National specialist networks eg on asset-based
  development

• Community Assets Transfer Fund – grants to
  facilitate asset transfer to communities
                           Guidance and support


• Statutory place-shaping guidance

• Guidance package on Community Call for
  Action, Overview and Scrutiny and LINks

• Good practice guidance on community
  empowerment – LGA led

• Quality assurance for community empowerment
  practice – national and regional consortia
  (developing from May 2007?)
                                        Questions


• What do you want from national good practice
  guidance?

• What mechanisms are there for learning and
  sharing across the region? What would add
  value?

• What mechanisms already exist in local areas for
  developing a strategic approach to community
  engagement and empowerment?
                           Contact details




            Charles Woodd
  Community Empowerment Division
  Communities and Local Government
Charles.woodd@communities.gsi.gov.uk
          Tel: 020 7944 3311

								
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