Localism and Equality

We are working closely with leading VCS equalities organisations in the North West to identify the issues, concerns and implications, for equalities work, groups and communities, of The Localism Bill and the Government's localism agenda

A summary of very early findings from a NWIP-commissioned piece of research into Equality, Big Society and Localism (which draws out some of the implications of the localism agenda) recently made headline news in New Start magazine: 

 

A great deal of work to explore the equality implications of Localism, in the North West, has been driven by 1NW. 1NW have been working closely with BME VCS groups in the region and have published case studies and a number of significant statements about the impact of localism on equality which include a  to the CLG select committee inquiry into Localism and a short pamphlet called: Big Society and Localism: Open to All?

The following is a short summary of 1NW's policy position about localism:

Big Society and Localism should be rooted in equality, human rights and equal participation, which is inclusive of all communities. For localism to be inclusive, we must…

  • Listen, Value and Invest in the Equalities VCS
  • Consider the impacts of decisions and policy on the most vulnerable
  • Ensure minimum standards of access and outcome
  • Ensure Equitable Commissioning
  • Recognise the Importance of Grants

 

VSNW is also working with NWIP members (in particular: 1NW, Disability Infrastructure Partnership / Merseyside Disability Federation, and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation) together with the Directory for Social Change to examine the evidence of the impact of localism and Big Society and begin to develop proposals for an appropriate social justice framework. 

 

The Government has published Impact Assessments on the Localism Bill which are available here:

Featured News

18 August 2015

Bookings are open for the VSNW Conference and AGM 2015

The VSNW Conference & AGM 2015, ‘Rethinking the Future’, on Wednesday 7th October in Manchester will give delegates the opportunity to: hear key thinkers and practitioners; engage in discussions focused on the key policy issues and programmes; and think about what we need to do and how we get there.

6 August 2015

Wirral University Teaching Hospital CQC Inspection - Listening Event

The Wirral University Teaching Hospitals CQC  Inspection is taking place in mid-September.  A Listening event is planned toplace at Oxton St. Saviour, Bidston Road, Oxton, CH43 2JZ on Tuesday 8th September 2015 (6pm – 7.30pm).  

3 August 2015

VCSE role in Greater Manchester Devolution

A collective partnership letter has been sent to Tony Lloyd, the Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester, which gives proposals for the VCSE role in GM devolution

3 August 2015

Public Health England sign agreement with Greater Manchester

Public Health England have agreed five key areas of work including "nurturing a social movement for change".

29 July 2015

VSNW survey into cross-partnership working

We’re conducting a short survey looking at cross-sector partnership working in the North West, in association with Compact Voice

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