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Update – November 2012

We’ve been quiet for a while as we’ve been working on the Commitments we set out in the report.  We’ll be getting in touch soon to let you know where we are at and give you an idea as to the direction we are travelling in.  Please do keep engaged with this agenda and keep telling us about the innovative work you are doing.  We are trying to build a network of interested individuals and organisations so we encourage everyone to sign up to the Knowledge Hub site (hosted by the Local Government Association), link below.  We will be sharing content through this site and hope to create an area for sharing learning and knowledge.

Keep in touch and let us know if we can help you encourage civic entrepreneurship in your area!

https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/futureoflocalgovernmentacivicenterpriseapproach

Latest News – July 2012

 The Commission on the Future of Local Government is launching its report in Parliament today (3rd July 2012) at an event hosted by Baroness Eaton. Among those speaking will be Rt Hon Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central and the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Will Huttonof The Work Foundation and Baroness Hanham CBE, Government Spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government

 We want to say a huge thank you to everyone, individuals and organisations, who took the time to respond to our calls for evidence, or engaged with us through conversations and discussions. 

Please continue to get in touch by emailing civicenterprise@gmail.com.  You can follow the debate on on twitter @civic_uk.  We look forward to hearing from you!

5 responses to “Home

  1. The idea of the ‘city’ being within limits which really do not really exist due to urban sprawl needs to be discussed. Glasgow, for example does not lie within its current boundary.

  2. Hi John,

    Thanks for commenting.

    ‘Urban sprawl’ is clearly a feature of many cities. It would great to hear more about how you think this should be addressed. Would you like to submit a response to the call for evidence?

  3. Submitting call for evidence. would have submitted papers before if i had been given the full facts now more aware, wating to be typed out will then forward on to commission.

  4. Andy Rumfitt

    What do Local Authoirities currently do to support local businesses and what could they do? I interviewed two West Mindlands manufacturing firms yesterday and both were working with their LA. One (growing, t/o £18m, 200 staff) is basically one of the last remaining occupants of a trading estate that the owner wants to convert to housing. At best they have to move. At worst it is the loss of employment use and associated land. The other (stable, t/o £4.5m, 26 staff) has the LA wanting to demolish one of their buildings to improve access to a derelict site. Relationships were good with the LA but is interesting to ask, compared to Europe, how actively the LA and local politicians want to be in supporting local firms in their areas and whether more radical approaches are needed.

    • Hi Andy,

      A really interesting dimension. Would be interesting to see how UK authorities compare – imagine their is wide variation within and between countries? Please let us know if you have any further info/ideas on where we can find some evidence on this.

      Thanks again for your comments.

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