Localism Resources for VCS Groups

VSNW believes that local voluntary and community sector groups should be supported to take a lead in defining Localism. We have therefore written to MPs in the North West asking them to talk to local groups.

We would like local groups to talk to MPs and outline a vision of localism that belongs to them.

Getting the Localism Bill Right (May 2011), VSNW’s guide to the Localism Bill, highlights six key areas of the Bill and proposes six principles that could be used to shape and define “Localism”:

 

Getting the Localism Bill Right (.pdf)

Principle 1: "That Localism is open and inclusive for all local people"

Principle 2: "Communities should have a say in making decisions that affect them"

Principle 3: "Local services should be shaped by and accountable to local communities"

Principle 4: "That Localism promotes a caring and broad sense of community"

Principle 5: "That the assets of the state are owned on behalf of our communities"

Principle 6: "That Localism builds local strength without becoming solely inward-looking"

 
 
 
The impact on equalities is at the forefront of our thinking on localism and we hope Principle 1 begins to demonstrate this. Who will get the 'decentralised power'?
 
 
We have published further guidance on the Localism Bill, and its implications for voluntary and community sector groups, The Localism Bill, decentralisation and local voluntary action (Briefing #50, 17 December 2010).
 
 
The following presentation may also be of use (also available in .pdf format here):

 

Key links

  • Relevant VSNW Briefings (available on our Briefings web-page):
    • #54: Big Society, Localism and the Environment
    • #51: GP Consortia and the Health Transition Period
    • #50: The Localism Bill, decentralisation and local voluntary action
    • #44: Public Services (Social Value & Social Enterprise) Bill
    • #42: New model regeneration and Local Enterprise Partnerships
    • #41: New Geographies
    • #36: Big Society: Step by step

Featured News

20 October 2014

VSNW Conference Presentations

Thanks to everyone who attended the VSNW Conference & AGM on 15th October. Some of the presentations are now available

1 October 2014

Volunteering Fund Success Stories in the North West

Two of the six case studies looking into how voluntary organisations can be sustainable are from Blackburn with Darwen. These provide valuable lessons for thinking about the future direction of the sector in public service delivery.

15 September 2014

Due North: Inquiry on Health Equity for the North

The independent inquiry panel, which included Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive and which was funded by Public Health England, has published its final report

1 September 2014

VCS engagement with Health and Wellbeing Boards

Regional Voices (of which VSNW is a member) has published the full report from the survey conducted earlier this year about how the voluntary and community sector is engaging with health and wellbeing boards

1 September 2014

Book your place at the VSNW Conference and AGM 2014

Please join us on 15th October for an interesting day of debate and discussion on the latest issues affecting the voluntary and community sector in the North West. The day will include a series of workshops and two great keynote speakers. Thanks to Charity Bank for their sponsorship of the conference

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