Archives for March 20th, 2006

COMMUNITY WEB DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 March, 2006

The Local Directgov Programme’s Neighbourhoods and Parish Councils Project is developing an e-Community System to allow parish councils, neighbourhoods and the voluntary community sector to develop their own website. By delivering a simple toolkit for local authorities, the project will help to provide more services and increased accessibility to information for citizens. The new system will help to bring vital support to community organisations, whilst also re-engaging citizens with the institutions of Government.The system is expected to be of particular interest to ‘hard to reach’ communities, opening up new opportunities through online interactions for those who may be at risk of being socially excluded. The system will be available to all English local authorities early in the New Year. It will help to develop neighbourhood or community websites, in order to meet their Priority Services Transformation Outcome commitments.

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ELECTED MAYORS ‘ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE’

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 March, 2006

Elected mayors are creating more interest in local democracy among the media and voters, according to the conclusions from a collection of essays from the New Local Network. They also show mayors acting as a strong focal point for business and inward investors, acting as decision-makers for the whole community and not just about council services.The collection – “Mayors making A Difference” – includes essays from the mayors of Bedford, Doncaster, Hartlepool, Lewisham, Newham, Stoke-on-Trent and Watford. The collection has been edited by Kiran Dhillon, who said, “The quicker pace of decision-making and their strategic view across their locality means mayors are having a positive impact on service delivery”

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ACTION PLAN PUTS SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 March, 2006

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister says the work it is doing in promoting sustainable local communities through changes to planning laws and building regulations, is putting the principles of sustainable development into practice. The ODPM has published an Action Plan to highlight the progress it says it is making in implementing its commitment to sustainability.The plan acknowledges that the challenge is a long-term affair, especially in relation to climate change, but the plan details action and progress for the 12 months ahead. It points to seven steps, including reviewing local and regional development plans to ensure they are fully promoting the use of renewable energy.

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