Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors

Our national inquiry has explored the opportunities and challenges for rural councillors in bringing decision-making closer to the communities they serve.

We want to help rural communities have  greater influence over local decisions, by supporting local councillors to become better democratic champions acting on behalf of their communities.


What have we done?

We have gathered evidence from national and regional partners, local government officers and councillors, parish and town councillors, local people and local partnerships and community groups.  We have used their experiences to build an authorative evidence base and emerging ideas.


Our report and recommendations

Our inquiry’s final report ‘Participation Inquiry: Strengthening the role of local councillors’ highlights that nearly half of rural residents feel unable to influence local decisions directly affecting their lives.


We hope the report’s recommendations will help make citizens more fully engaged in local decision-making, enhance the democratic role for rural communities and create a stronger, more effective voice for local councillors.


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Our Response to CLG’s Consultation ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’

posted by CRC | 29 September 2009 at 3:38 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Our Response to CLG’s Consultation ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’

Our response to CLG’s Consultation ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’.

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Delay for decisions on new unitary authorities

posted by CRC | 21 July 2009 at 2:21 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors

participation inquiry found that creating unitary councils should strengthen and clarify local democracy and accountability, helping rural local government to punch its weight with city-regions and regional bodies. It recommended a structure of powerful new unitaries working closely with a renewed network of empowered parish and town councils.The BCs decision on the status of the current amber light unitaries of Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk is now due in October, following a further…

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CRC 90 – Good Beginnings: Securing Effective Engagement for Town and Parish Councils – Exec Summary

posted by CRC | 13 May 2009 at 1:06 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
CRC 90 – Good Beginnings: Securing Effective Engagement for Town and Parish Councils – Exec Summary

This report includes case studies and technical guidance for parish and town councils to utilise to help them engage effectively with the new unitary authorities.

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Welcoming the new unitary authorities

posted by CRC | 2 April 2009 at 4:05 am | 1 comment | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Welcoming the new unitary authorities

9 new English unitary authorities came into being on 1 April. Between them they’ll serve over 3.2 million people, a significant proportion of whom live in rural areas.

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NALC Stepping Stones event: Coventry

posted by CRC | 10 March 2009 at 12:47 pm | 1 comment | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
NALC Stepping Stones event: Coventry

NALC’s regional Stepping Stones events will share good practice and provide regional networking opportunities for councillors and officers of all tiers of local government.

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NALC Stepping Stones event: London

posted by CRC | 10 March 2009 at 12:44 pm | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
NALC Stepping Stones event: London

NALC’s regional Stepping Stones events will share good practice and provide regional networking opportunities for councillors and officers of all tiers of local government.

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CRC 93 – Steps Forward from the Participation Inquiry

posted by CRC | 25 February 2009 at 12:47 pm | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
CRC 93 – Steps Forward from the Participation Inquiry

Our ‘Participation inquiry: strengthening the role of local councillors’ resulted in ten recommendations for action. This report identifies the main steps forward from our inquiry, and highlights progress on the recommendations one year on.

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Our Briefing to Peers on the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill

posted by CRC | 19 January 2009 at 2:44 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Our Briefing to Peers on the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill

Our briefing to Peers on the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill

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Stepping Forward with our Participation Inquiry Recommendations

posted by CRC | 15 January 2009 at 10:06 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Stepping Forward with our Participation Inquiry Recommendations

We’re delighted to be working with NALC to hold a number of feedback sessions providing updates on the progress made in taking forward the findings and recommendations of our Participation Inquiry.

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Communities in Control – a rural commentary

posted by CRC | 11 July 2008 at 1:22 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Communities in Control – a rural commentary

This short paper summarises the main elements of the new Communities in Control White Paper, launched by Communities and Local Government on 9 July, from our perspective.

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Achieving Rural Devolution, The Role of Rural Councillors – MJ Article

posted by CRC | 27 June 2008 at 11:27 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Achieving Rural Devolution, The Role of Rural Councillors – MJ Article

Cicera Pope, of our Rural Governance team, has written this article for MJ magazine about how devolved decision making can help rural councillors become primary ‘change agents’ for their communities.

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Parish and Town Councils at the heart of community empowerment

posted by CRC | 27 June 2008 at 10:56 am | 1 comment | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Parish and Town Councils at the heart of community empowerment

We’re encouraging parish and town councils to play an increasingly dynamic and influential role in local government.

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Sink or Swim – local councils face the future

posted by CRC | 19 June 2008 at 9:38 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Sink or Swim – local councils face the future

We’re supporting this event investigating the opportunities and threats confronting the local council sector.

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ACRE Rural Life Conference – Speech by Crispin Moor on Participatory Budgeting

posted by CRC | 18 June 2008 at 2:41 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
ACRE Rural Life Conference – Speech by Crispin Moor on Participatory Budgeting

Speech by Crispin Moor, Director of our Whitehall office, to the ACRE Rural Life Conference, 12 & 13 June.

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Views on the the report of the Councillors Commission, ‘Representing the future’

posted by CRC | 12 June 2008 at 3:43 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Views on the the report of the Councillors Commission, ‘Representing the future’

Our response to the publication of ‘Representing the future’, the final report from the Councillors Commission.

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We welcome the Government’s intention to publish a Participatory Budgeting National Strategy

posted by CRC | 10 June 2008 at 4:13 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
We welcome the Government’s intention to publish a Participatory Budgeting National Strategy

We’ve responded to the Communities and Local Government consultation on Participatory Budgeting – a draft national strategy.

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Our response to CLG Consultation on Participatory Budgeting: A draft national strategy

posted by CRC | 10 June 2008 at 4:10 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Our response to CLG Consultation on Participatory Budgeting: A draft national strategy

Our response to Communities and Local Government consultation on Participatory Budgeting – a draft national strategy.

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Our Response to CLG’s ‘Unlocking the talent of our communities’ consultation

posted by CRC | 14 April 2008 at 11:06 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
Our Response to CLG’s ‘Unlocking the talent of our communities’ consultation

Our response to CLG’s consultation ‘Unlocking the talent of our communities’. This is one of a suite of policy initiatives resulting from CLG’s Community Empowerment Action Plan launched in October 2007.

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CRC 61 – Participation Inquiry: Strengthening the role of local councillors – Executive Summary

posted by CRC | 9 April 2008 at 5:04 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors
CRC 61 – Participation Inquiry: Strengthening the role of local councillors – Executive Summary

This report summarises the findings and recommendations of our inquiry into ‘Strengthening the role of local councillors’.

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Our Response to the CLG Consultation on Local Petitions and Calls for Action

posted by CRC | 20 March 2008 at 10:43 am | Comments Off | from the category: Strengthening the Role of Local Councillors

We welcome Government moves giving local authorities a duty to respond to petitions. We also welcome new powers for councillors to call for local government matters to be refered for consideration by the overview and scrutiny committees of their local authorities.

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