Abstracts: September 15th, 2010

Community groups and organisations have an important role to play in influencing policies, decisions, and services, particularly those that affect the most marginalised and disadvantaged. Councillors, as representatives of local people, are natural allies in achieving many of our goals.

This guide looks at real examples of how community groups can work with councillors, setting this in the context of the changing role of both community groups and local councillors in local democracy.

It outlines the changing roles of local activists and councillors in supporting neighbourhoods and contributing to local democracy, and the policies of government contributing to this change. It also tells stories from community organisers who have worked with councillors to bring about positive change and it highlights the practical lessons that can be learned from their experiences.

The Guide is available from BASSAC. http://www.bassac.org.uk/localaction