People, Places, Power: How localism and strategic planning can work together

Jonathan Carr-West, Head of Centre for Local Democracy at the LGiU

This stimulating paper argues for the importance of “Big Society” policies in a climate of reduced public funding, and examines the challenge of supporting local participation in the context of planning for reduced funding……

Carr-West challenges us to keep thinking about what a council is for: not to serve as the local arm of government but as the governmental arm of local communities, not just to deliver services or act as a strategic commissioning agent, but to provide the stage for an ongoing dialogue between people about the places they live in and the power they wield, particularly at a time when we are facing global challenges to the way we live and the way we distribute increasingly scare resources.