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  • 1.  
  • 2. John Findlay Chief Executive Action for Market Towns Convention 2008 Empowerment through community-led planning
  • 3. The National Association - Who are we, what do we do?
    • National leadership and representation for the first tier of local government in England
    • National support and services in areas such as legal, policy, training, conferences and events
    • Work with government and stakeholders to support and develop the role of local councils
  • 4. The parish and town council model
    • 8500 local councils in England, £400m+ expenditure
    • 80,000 councillors
    • 15 million people in England covered by local councils, 30% of population
    • Diverse sector, smallest covering <100, largest >80,000, urban and rural
    • 200 new local councils created in last 10 years, mostly in suburban/urban areas and towns
  • 5. What kind of services can local councils provide?
    • Community transport schemes
    • Leisure facilities
    • Local youth projects
    • Car parks and bus shelters
    • Crime reduction measures
    • Markets
    • Open spaces
    • Public lavatories and litter bins
    • Street cleaning
    • Tourism activities
    • Traffic calming measures
    • Power of community wellbeing
  • 6. Cross-party view of parish and town councils
    • An established and valued form of local democracy
    • Increasing role in urban areas
    • Build on the existing local council structure
    • Improve capacity to deliver better services and represent the community’s interests
    • Existing powers strengthened with new powers
    • Partnership working and delegating services, budgets and decisions to local councils
  • 7. Representation and participation “ Elected representatives remain the indispensable link between the public and decisions. Representative democracy is informed and enhanced by participatory democracy.” - Councillors Commission Report, 2007
  • 8.
    • Representative democracy :
    • LSPs and sustainable community strategies
    • Local Area Agreements
    • Parish and town councils
    • Participative democracy :
    • Community involvement
    • Community budgeting
    • Neighbourhood Charters
    • Community anchors
    Representative and participative democracy
  • 9. The political framework and background
    • Rural White Paper in 2000
    • Local Government Act 2007
    • Sustainable Communities Act
    • 2008: Hazel Blears heralds ‘new era of parish power, a real purpose in modern society, addressing issues that make a real difference to people’s quality of life, important contribution in reinvigorating local democracy, very effective at connecting with local people’
    • Community Empowerment White Paper and forthcoming Bill
  • 10. Community Empowerment White Paper - principles
    • Reforms designed to shift power, influence and responsibility to local level
    • Belief that citizens and communities are capable of taking difficult decisions and solving problems themselves
    • The role of the third sector is valued in social and democratic renewal and active citizenship
    • Modern definition of democracy a system of government where political power is exercised both through elected representatives; and directly through petitions, referendums or active participation
  • 11. Community Empowerment White Paper – key points
    • Recognition and support of the first tier of local government
    • Recognition of QPS and encourage more local councils to achieve Quality Status
    • Encourage the creation of new neighbourhood councils
    • Right of appeal to the Secretary of State, both for creation and abolition of local councils
    • Make the rules on parish polls more accessible and better understood
  • 12. Community Empowerment White Paper – key points
    • Power for some local councils to make certain bye-laws
    • A new duty to promote local democracy for principal authorities
    • New tailored guidance on Participatory Budgeting for local councils
    • Establishment of a £70m Communitybuilders Fund
  • 13. In Conclusion
    • Local councils working with community groups and other partners to:
    • understand viability of local assets and service provision
    • enhance and sustain facilities and services
    • organise the precept to maximise community finance
    • represent the commumity needs and opportunities in dealing with statutory bodies
    • Acting as the facilitator and guardian of a sustainable community-led plan
  • 14. Further information: