Localism and Decentralisation - Moseley Community Development Trust


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Presentation by Tony Thapar and Anna Hraboweckyj from Moseley Community Development Trust given at BVSC Third Sector Assembly event in Birmingham, 21st September 2012.

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  • The second driver is decentralisation, A variety of hub and spoke models are available and in the 3rd sector we’ve been using these models for a long time now but from the other direction –this pressure on small local groups to man up for competition by linking in to bigger networks and consortiaIntro to next slide 5:Nick Clegg and Greg Clark for the Government describe six essential actions that have the power to turn words into reality REF Decentralisation and Localism an essential guide dec 2010..The first two actions are the most fundamental, because decentralisation can’t get started without them. They are to: Lift the burden of bureaucracy – by removing the cost and control of unnecessary red tape and regulation, whose effect is to restrict local action; andEmpower communities to do things their way – by creating rights for people to get involved with, and direct the development of, their communities.The next two actions provide the resources and the freedom of choice needed to sustain progress on decentralisation. They are to:Increase local control of public finance – so that more of the decisions over how public money is spent and raised can be taken within communities; andDiversify the supply of public services – by ending public sector monopolies, ensuring a level playing field for all suppliers, giving people more choice and a better standard of service.The final two actions complete the picture by enabling local people to take complete control of the process of decentralisation as it affects them in their communities. They are to: Open up government to public scrutiny – by releasing government information into the public domain, so that people can know how their money is spent, how it is used and to what effect; andStrengthen accountability to local people – by giving every citizen the power to change the services provided to them through participation, choice or the ballot box.
  • Localism and Decentralisation - Moseley Community Development Trust

    1. 1. Third Sector Assembly 21st September 2012 The Localism Act Can it work for us?Moseley Community Development Trust Registered charity no. 1087949 1
    2. 2. About us Local community anchor  Driving social change organisation.  Committed to community Local neighbourhood forum enterprise helped to create the DT Key members of Locality in the  Developing assets region  Independent 2
    3. 3. The new context for our work? 3
    4. 4. decentralisation Shift power away fromcentral government to local people 4
    5. 5. Decentralisation and the LocalismBill, HM Government, December 2010 5
    6. 6. The Government’s Localism Act Royal assent on 15th Nov 20111. New freedoms and flexibilities for local government2. New rights and powers for communities and individuals3. Reform of the planning system4. Reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally 6
    7. 7. New Community RightsRight Rightto to BidBuild NeighbourhoodRight to planningchallenge 7
    8. 8. RIGHT TO BIDdelay the sale and bid to buy assets of community value
    9. 9. RIGHT TO BID Sounds great; our questions: ‘Community’ geography? Timing -6 months not long Relationships LA, owners, community Conditions of building LA decides community value 9
    10. 10. RIGHT TO CHALLENGEchallenge and take over a council service you think can be better run
    11. 11. RIGHT TO CHALLENGE Sounds great; our questions: Do we want to deliver public services? If we do, how do we fit in with procurement ? Risks in launching procurement process ? Best bidders, may not be best providers? Trojan Horses & Bid Candy; corporate charities and private sector companies? 11
    12. 12.  RIGHT TO BUILD small scale, site-specific developments without planning permission NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING Neighbourhood planning powers give people the chance to decide how their local area should develop and what should be built. 12
    13. 13. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING Sounds great; our questions : Access to expertise – will we get any? Capacity - does our community have enough? Managing expectations- can’t buck approved planning policy? “Nimbyism” Consensus- often hard to get in communities? What makes a ‘valid’ Neighbourhood forum? 13
    14. 14. Our Learning to Date • Resources and skills in the public and third sector • Culture change and partnership • Motivated and supportive Councillors • Local leaders • Community participation and inclusion • Funding • It’s not a quick process • It’s early days 14
    15. 15. Challenges & Opportunities 15
    16. 16. Challenges Opportunities Rights not well  Starts bottom up approach known yet  Helps participation Competition brings private sector in as  Encourages ownership well  Can help recycling wealth Shrinking market within neighbourhood. Potential for conflict  Greater collaboration with LA  New ventures Rights don’t always empower  Better services  Greater resilience  Promote equality 16
    17. 17. Progress in Birmingham 17
    18. 18. Birmingham City Council It’s early days Discussions between senior officers and members have begun. Likely to develop protocols next year. Localisation and CAT There will be a learning phase and opportunities for collaboration – engage with the 3rd sector? 18
    19. 19. Neighbourhood Planning 2 pilots in Birmingham, Handsworth/Soho and Balsall Heath BH will be complete next year Tensions between LA and community Understanding the Planning System Resources, technical skills It’s a slow process 19
    20. 20. Capturing Community Voices 20
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    22. 22. Issues and Lessons from Moseley Ensuring community priorities and vision can be retained through process Resources to undertake the process Conformity Means to achieve ambitions? - ownership of land, property, assets - a problem at the heart of “localism” more generally but especially relevant in Moseley 22
    23. 23. Progress elsewhere Redevelop a former milk processing plant as a low carbon live/work space – Totnes, Devon Community Library Service – Huddersfield Seaside town neighbourhood plan – Lynton and Lynmouth, Exmoor. Community Hospital, created by residents to be protected – Cranleigh, Surrey. 23
    24. 24. mycommunityrights.org.uk 24
    25. 25. Local support agencies Locality members: Birmingham Settlement, Moseley CDT, Norton Hall, Heartlands Older Peoples Forum, Come_Unity Arts, Witton Lodge Community Association, Castle Vale Tenants and Residents Alliance Asset Transfer Unit BVSC Digbeth Trust Chamberlain Forum Birmingham City Council 25
    26. 26. What next? Third sector needs to survive if it’s to engage Each has to decide its position on public service cuts, enterprise and the growth of the big society Support services to help understanding at the grassroots Develop a dialogue with the City Council’s localisation plans. 26
    27. 27. Anna Hraboweckyj and Tony Thaparwww.MoseleyCDT.com, 0121 449 6060or administrator@MoseleyCDT.comwww.Locality.org.uk 27