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

22 April 2014

VSNW is part of NAVCA future of local infrastructure commission

NAVCA has launched an independent commission to look at the future of local infrastructure. Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive, is a member of the commission and looks forward to learning from the good practice already used across the country

20 March 2014

The Big Lottery Fund are seeking your views

How can the Big Lottery Fund best help communities and people in need? You have until July 2014 to add your voice to a UK wide discussion around key areas of Big Lottery Fund’s work

20 March 2014

Questions on the Lobbying Act

In view of the passing of the Lobbying Bill into law, many charities and organisations that fall within the scope of the Act will have questions about how it might affect them and when further details may be available

18 February 2014

NCVO call for evidence on welfare reform

NCVO has launched a national call for evidence around the impact of welfare reforms. The deadline for submitting evidence is 31st March 2014

5 February 2014

Launch of Thriving Places campaign

Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, we are pleased to announce the launch of 'Thriving Places', our campaign to develop the VCS role in local economies and the life of local places. We have jointly set out five areas of action for this project and invite you to get involved in this important campaign at a crucial time for the sector. 

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk