Archives for March 23rd, 2005

WHAT IS LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 March, 2005

By Gerry StokerThis pamphlet from the New Local Government Network calls for a radical rethink of the purpose and structure of UK local government, and its replacement with a new system made up of powerful community governance and strategic level, ‘super-sized’ cities and counties. It argues that it is necessary to reinvent local government to meet the new circumstances of the 21st Century and develop institutions that can help sustain urban, suburban and rural lifestyles.

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GOVERNANCE ON AGENDA FOR VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 March, 2005

Important issues of governance for the voluntary sector will be in the spotlight today when the National Council for Voluntary Organisations stages its eighth annual conference for trustees of voluntary bodies.There are three-quarters of a million trustees and NCVO says the event, staged under the title “Winning Ways” will focus on a variety of the ‘hottest Governance topics’. Issues to be explored include the lack of an effective board of trustees and guiding the reputation of an organisation.

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PLANNING SYSTEM PLAYING BIG ROLE IN PROVIDING LOW COST HOMES

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 March, 2005

Social landlords are relying more and more on the planning system to deliver sites for affordable homes, according to a report published today. Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Housing Corporation says Section 106 planning agreements with private developers are increasingly important in delivering affordable homes, not least because housing associations are finding it harder to get land for social housing through more conventional means.The report shows the annual output of new affordable homes in England fell by more than a third from
2000- 01 to 2002-03, but the proportion built as a result of the special agreements, under which developers include affordable homes as a condition of planning permission, rose from below a third to almost half over the same period.

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