The challenge of local democracy, civic engagement and community
An agenda for change?
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This chapter focuses on nine key aspects of the reform of local democracy over the last fifteen years. The first three aspects are local democracy and the New Labour reform agenda; the constitutional position of local government; and double devolution. The next two aspects are the citizen engagement, neighbourhood and empowerment agenda and civic engagement, neighbourhood, empowerment and the role of elected local government. The other four aspects are partnership working; policy autonomy and the role of elected local government; creative autonomy and the need for a cultural shift; and finally the fiscal autonomy of local government. Local government can play the role of a community hub allowing local groups to contact each other, talk about experiences, support each other, and share good ideas and practices. Gateway Employment was set up to support the local community training agency, Greenwich Local Labour in Business, and the local community.

Local democracy, civic engagement and community

From New Labour to the Big Society

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