How is local democracy changing – new Future Focus pocket guide

What are the trends affecting how local power relationships and decision-making might change in the next five years? Turnout at elections and membership of political parties have fallen significantly. Concern over this, what this means for local decision making and increasing pressure on public finances have all resulted in a consensus that more decisions should be made locally and that citizens should play a greater role in that decision-making. The latest of our Future Focus guides commissioned by the Performance Hub can help you understand the drivers that might affect your organisation in the future as we enter a period of even greater democratic experimentation. The guide explores six of the most important drivers that will affect where power lies and how local decisions will be made in the future:

  1. Devolution of power
  2. National minimum standards
  3. Consolidation of public sevice contracts
  4. Complexity of governance structures
  5. More citizen engagement
  6. Changing nature of community leadership

This is a practical guide that will help you and your organisation to make strategic choices and plan ahead. The guides are aimed at small to medium sized VCOs, but we hope that everyone will find them useful.

Download for free (PDF 1.1 MB), or buy a hard copy for £1 - bulk discount and collect the set deals also available.

Last updated at 15:08 Mon 18/May/09.
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