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  • Title: Local Works
    Descriptive info: .. Local Works.. A project of Unlock Democracy.. Stay Informed.. Home.. Campaign.. Current Campaigns.. Events.. Campaign Resources.. Achievements.. About Us.. About Us.. The Act.. Unlock Democracy.. Staff.. Our Coalition.. Steering Group.. Organisations.. FAQ.. Media.. In the News.. News Releases.. Media Queries.. Work With Us.. Publications.. Contact Us.. Blog.. Join.. Donate.. Top Campaigns.. Keep the SCA strong!.. Guidance for reaching agreement in the SCA will be published soon.. Make sure it's as robust as possible by writing to Stephen Williams.. Read More.. Got a great idea?.. Write to your councillor with your ideas for reversing community decline!.. Featured Campaigns.. Save our pubs!.. Learn More.. A right to recall?.. Reverse the impact of large  ...   birthday, SCA!.. Article posted by Zoe Stavri - 22/10/2013.. If you’re a parish council, you can now use the SCA!.. Article posted by Zoe Stavri - 16/10/2013.. Living Streets and the pedestrian pound: time to use the SCA!.. Article posted by Zoe Stavri - 09/10/2013.. Read More Posts.. Briefings and Reports.. Supermarket levy Sustainable Communities Act proposal.. - 30/07/2013 (doc).. Underrepresented groups and the SCA - Best Practice Guide.. - 03/04/2013 (pdf).. Ghost Town Britain.. - 16/10/2012 (pdf).. More Briefings and Reports.. Site Map.. Media Section.. Campaigns.. Comments Policy.. Donations Policy.. Privacy Policy.. Stay Connected.. Facebook.. Twitter.. Flickr.. Youtube.. Can't find what you are looking for?.. Try searching the site here:.. Loading..

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  • Title: Campaigns | Local Works
    Descriptive info: Make it harder to demolish your community pub!.. Read more.. Stop unwanted development in East Devon.. Large supermarkets are a major cause of community decline.. Use the Sustainable Communities Act to reverse this decline!.. Donate to Local Works.. We need your help to keep up the work we do.. A supermarket levy for Haringey.. Ask Haringey Council to submit a  ...   on supermarkets.. 75 Civic Sector Chief Execs call on Councils to use the Act.. Over 75 organisations on the Local Works coalition have written to all councils in England asking them to make use of the Sustainable Communities Act.. Is My Council Using the Act?.. Find out if your council is using the Sustainable Communities Act.. Next Page.. Our Campaigns..

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  • Title: Publications | Local Works
    Descriptive info: All.. Accounts and Finance.. Briefings / Reports.. Educational Resources.. Internal Documents.. Magazines and Journals.. Miscellaneous.. Pamphlets.. Publications from the Campaign Resources category.. Supermarket levy proposal.. 01/05/2013.. North London Public meeting flyer.. 11/03/2013.. Flyer for 11th April public meeting.. Joint Letter from Local Works Organisations to Council Leaders.. 11/12/2012.. Local Works Report - Perspectives on the first round.. 15/08/2012..

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  • Title: Achievements | Local Works
    Descriptive info: The story of the Act so far.. How the massive grassroots campaign succeeded in passing the Act in 2007 and ensured it has been strengthened since then.. Saving local shops and businesses.. How the Act has helped local shops and businesses.. Saving local post offices.. How  ...   green spaces.. How the Act has been used to promote green spaces.. Promoting allotments.. How the Act has been used to promote allotments.. Promoting renewable energy.. How the Act has helped promote renewable energy.. Helping local pubs.. How the Act has been used to help local pubs..

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  • Title: About Us | Local Works
    Descriptive info: Local Works is a coalition of over 100 national organisations campaigning to promote the use of the radical and exciting new Sustainable Communities Act.. "I regard the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 as one of the most important pieces of legislation to be enacted in the past decade.. ".. Decentralisation Minister, Greg Clark MP, to Parliament on 16th November 2010.. Find out how the Sustainable Communities Act works.. here.. Note: the Sustainable Communities Act applies to England only.. CONTACT US.. Steve Shaw, National Co-ordinator.. email:.. steve@localworks.. org.. phone: 020 7278 4443.. address: Local Works, c/o Unlock Democracy, 37 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8PQ.. LOCAL WORKS HISTORY.. Local Works was the coalition campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill, originally set up by the new economics foundation.. The campaign was successful when the Bill  ...   England only.. LOCAL WORKS FUNDING.. Local Works does not accept any donations from big business or central government.. We therefore rely very much on kind donations from members of the public all over the country.. Thank you if you have contributed to one of our campaigns! We couldn't do it without you.. If you would like to help us fight for communities across the country, please donate.. Every donation we receive helps, whatever the amount.. Local Works would also like to sincerely thank a number of organisations on our coalition and the following grant-making bodies for their generous support of our work.. The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.. The City Bridge Trust.. The Network for Social Change.. The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation.. The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.. The Marmot Trust.. Share..

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  • Title: The Sustainable Communities Act | Local Works
    Descriptive info: The Sustainable Communities Act.. Want more information? Select from the options below:.. I am an activist or member of the community.. I am a councillor or officer..

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  • Title: Staff | Local Works
    Descriptive info: Local Works Coordinator: Steve Shaw.. Steve is grass roots mass mobilisation specialist.. He spent 4 years as Co-ordinator of the Local Works coalition that successfully campaigned for the Sustainable Communities Bill to become law as the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.. He now co-ordinates the coalition's promotion of the Act across the country.. Steve has also worked on parliamentary campaigns, most recently for Friends of the Earth and the Stop Climate Chaos coalition on the Climate Change Bill campaign.. That Bill successfully passed its final House of Common's stage on 28 October 2008.. He has also worked in Parliament as an All-Party Group Co-ordinator.. Steve grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to England as a teenager.. He studied Economics at Exeter University and worked in consultancy in the City of London before becoming involved in political campaigns.. Phone +44 (0) 20 7278 4443 ext 1016.. Email:.. Projects Manager: Daniel Flanagan.. Daniel joined Local Works in 2008 and has been a central member of the team that has campaigned for the implementation of the Sustainable Communities Act since it was passed and for the Sustainable Communities Act Amendment Act of 2010.. Daniel has also published a general Best Practice Guide for Councils on the Sustainable Communities Act, has provided specialist policy advice for organisations using the Act and advice to councils to on using the Act.. Daniel has an intimate knowledge of the  ...   to use the Sustainable Communities Act.. She has substantial outreach experience and has delivered a range of public engagement projects for the BBC and various arts charities.. Talk to Ameneh if you are interested in her meeting with your organisation.. Phone:+44 (0) 20 7278 4443.. ameneh.. enayat@unlockdemocracy.. Campaign Assistant: Zoe Stavri.. Zoe works closely with the team to produce our front-facing campaign work as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes tasks.. She is likely to be your first point of contact if you approach us with questions.. She also works on our social media and web presence.. zoe.. stavri@localworks.. Parliamentary Advisor: Ron Bailey.. Ron Bailey was the Director of Local Works during the campaign for the Act to become law.. Ron now acts as a Parliamentary Advisor to Local Works on a.. pro bono.. basis.. He is the county's leading expert on getting Private Members Bills through Parliament and has run over 25 successful campaigns for legislative changes.. Ron has a 30-year record of organising Parliamentary and community campaigns across a broad range of issues.. He has been instrumental in getting a number of Acts of Parliament on to the statute book, such as the Climate Change Act, the Home Energy Conservation Act, Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act and the Road Traffic Reduction Act.. He is also the parliamentary adviser to the Micropower Council and the All Party Warm Homes Group.. ronbailey@btinternet.. co..

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  • Title: Local Works Coalition | Local Works
    Descriptive info: Local Works Coalition.. The following organisations are part of the Local Works Coalition that supports the Sustainable Communities Act.. Age UK.. Age UK has a vision of a world in which older people flourish.. We aim to improve later life for everyone through our information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.. Visit Website.. Black Environment Network.. BEN is established to promote equality of opportunity with respect to ethnic communities in the preservation protection and development of the environment.. CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale.. A voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.. Federation of Small Businesses.. The UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.. National Council for Voluntary Organisations.. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England, giving voice and support to civil society.. NFRN - National Federation of Retail Newsagents.. One of Europe's largest retail trade associations with over 16,500 independent news and convenience retailers in membership throughout the UK and Ireland.. National Federation of Sub Postmasters.. An independent membership organisation, with a commercial trading company to support the retail businesses of members and the only organisation recognised by Post Office Ltd to represent subpostmasters.. Public and Commercial  ...   democracy, rights and freedoms.. A grassroots movement owned and run by members.. The Women s Institute.. The largest women's organisation in the UK, providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.. Woodland Trust.. Working to enable the creation of more native woods and places rich in trees; protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future and inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.. CWU - Communication Workers Union.. The biggest union for the communications industry in the UK with 207,500 members, existing to protect, advance and serve the interests of its members throughout the communications industry.. The Co-operative Group.. A group of businesses from food to funeral care to banking that is owned and controlled by over 5 million members.. Friends of the Earth.. Campaigning for solutions to environmental problems.. Greenpeace.. An independent global campaigning organisation, working to bring about change through political lobbying, citizen action and consumer pressure.. NALC - National Association of Local Councils.. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) represents the interests of town and parish councils in England.. Shelter.. Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing..

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  • Title: Steering Group | Local Works
    Descriptive info: The following organisations from the coalition make up the Local Works Steering Group:..

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  • Title: FAQ | Local Works
    Descriptive info: What is the Sustainable Communities Act?.. How did the Act come about?.. What is meant by 'Sustainable Communities'?.. Which areas of the UK does the Act apply to?.. How do I take part in the Act's process?.. What is the time frame for the Act's process?.. What happens after Local Authorities submit their proposals?.. Why is this Act different? What makes it not just another consultation exercise?.. How are Town and Parish Councils involved in the Act's process?.. How are regional assemblies, including the Greater London Assembly (GLA), involved in the Act's process?.. Does the Act allow communities and/or councils to gain new money?.. How will councils ensure the public become involved as it can already be difficult to get the public to e.. g.. stand for election to a parish council?.. What safeguards will stop unprofitable enterprises being 'propped-up' by public money?.. What are the criteria for the proposals communities and Local Authorities make to central government?.. What sort of proposals could communities and Local Authorities make to central government?.. Can areas join up to put forward collective proposals?.. Frequently Asked Question about Local Works.. What is Local Works?.. Are you cross party?.. How are you funded?.. How long have you been around and what is your history?.. How do I organise a public meeting?.. Why isn't x organisation part of the Local Works coalition?.. Frequently Asked Questions about the Act - Answers.. The Sustainable Communities Act is a law that came into being in October 2007.. It sets up a new process where councils and communities can drive the actions and assistance that central government does and gives to promote sustainability locally.. The Local Works coalition campaigned for 5 years to see the Act become law.. This was a 'grass-roots' effort to mobilise citizens to write to their Members of Parliament (MPs) asking them to support the Act in Parliament.. This grass roots effort involved many large public meetings (audiences ranging from 150-500 people) and the distribution of campaign leaflets.. In November 2006 the Sustainable Communities Bill was introduced to Parliament as a Private Members Bill.. It was sponsored in the House of Commons by Nick Hurd MP (Conservative, Ruislip-Northwood) and in the House of Lords by Lord Marlesford.. The Bill became law with full cross party support on 23 October 2007 as the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.. The definition of sustainable communities in the Act is deliberately broad.. The Act defines the promotion of sustainable communities as incorporating the following 4 things:.. 1.. Environmental, e.. promoting local renewable energy, increasing recycling and protecting green spaces.. 2.. Local economies, e.. promoting local shops, local businesses and local jobs.. 3.. Social inclusion, e.. protecting local public services and alleviating fuel poverty and food poverty.. 4.. Democratic involvement, e.. increasing the ways local people can participate in local decision making and promoting new ways in which people can influence what happens locally.. The Act applies to all Local Authorities, which in the Act includes County Councils, and their respective communities, in England.. The Act does not apply to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland due to their devolved status.. Local Works is considering future campaign plans to introduce similar laws in these countries.. First you must ensure your Local Authorities (and County Council if you have one) chooses to use the Act.. If Local Authorities (and County Councils) choose to use the Act and make proposals to central government they must first engage their communities in order to gain the ideas local people have of what proposals should be made.. They must then "try to reach agreement" with local people on the proposals they will put forward to government.. This "reaching agreement" is a new process of governance and is the first time that people have been given the right to drive the agenda of what government does.. The Act's process is open ended.. Councils are free to submit proposals to central government when they are ready and when they have consulted AND tried to reach agreement with local people on what those proposals will be.. When proposals are submitted central government has committed to a time limit on how long it will take to deal with these proposals, including negotiating with the Selector if the proposal is initially rejected.. This time limit is being agreed upon now between government and the Selector and is expected to be 6 months.. The Government is obliged under the Act to provide a response to the proposals and if it rejects a proposal, it must give reasons for doing so.. The Selector is then able to challenge government on any rejected proposal and can resubmit the proposal for renewed consideration and negotiation.. Central government then has a duty to 'co-operate and try to reach agreement' with the Selector on these  ...   Power Inquiry of 2006 showed.. However that same (substantial) study into Britain's democracy also showed that most people will get involved if they see that democracy is meaningful, i.. if they can have real influence over decisions which affect their life.. This Act provides a mechanism for doing that like never before in law.. Local Works held dozens of public meetings across the country whilst campaigning to see the Act made law.. Turnouts were huge, averaging well over 150.. MPs that spoke at these meetings were.. astonished.. Local Works is a coalition of over 90 citizen organisations with a total membership base of several million people.. These organisations are keen to get there members to use the Act.. There were many excellent examples of people become involved in the first round of the Act, many of whom had never been involved in politics before.. Some examples of this can be seen in our Best Practice Guide.. Firstly, an important point regarding economic principles and the concept of 'unprofitable': many business practices currently operating in our society are able to be profitable because they simply do not pay all the costs that are incurred via their business practices and these costs are thus not reflected in the price of the goods and services they sell.. Meanwhile, many unprofitable practices remain unprofitable because all the benefits of their operations are not internalised in the final price of their goods or services (see the Post Office and net CO2 example above).. Markets that enterprises operate under are not laws of nature, they are created, moulded and governed by the legal laws and rules we choose to make.. This Act provides councils and communities with an excellent opportunity to start to internalise the external costs and benefits involved in many enterprises.. E.. Charging a supermarket a fee for supply local schools with apples from Poland when there are orchards a few miles away (this example came up at a public meeting held during the campaign for the Act).. Subsidising a local credit union because of the increased (measurable) trade it generates in the high street.. Changing the planning rules so that before a local service (e.. a police station or community hospital) is closed the net economic and social impacts of local job losses, people having drive further to work and access that service etc are measured.. If an enterprise is supported by public money so that the individual gains benefit/profit irrespective of the enterprises use to the community it is likely to be derisive.. That is exactly why the Act puts the community and councils are in the driving seat with regards to the assistance and help they request from central government.. For a proposals to be valid it must reach two simple criteria:.. It must promote sustainable communities as defined in the Act (i.. promotion of local economies, environmental protection, social inclusion and democratic participation; see above for more details of this definition).. It must be something that.. central government.. can do (and is not doing already) to help or assist communities and councils promote sustainable communities.. For examples please see our guidance sheets, available.. Absolutely.. The Act allows for councils and their communities to put forward joint proposals.. Local Works strongly encourage that councils join together and put forward joint proposals.. FAQs about Local Works.. Local Works is a coalition of over 100 national civic and environmental organisations.. Local Works campaigns to help people and councils use the Act and to ensure the government implements it properly.. We are not supported by or affiliated with any political party.. The Sustainable Communities Act has full cross party support.. We have three sources of funding.. Some of the national organisations in the coalition give donations.. Grant-making trusts and foundations.. Our individual supporters are also welcome, but not required, to give donations (and many do).. Local Works was started as a project by the New Economics Foundation in 2002 following their Ghost Town Britain and Ghost Town Britain II reports.. It then became the coalition for the Sustainable Communities Bill - with the aim of reversing Ghost Town Britain and creating sustainable communities.. Now that the Sustainable Communities Act is law the Local Works campaigns to help people and councils use the Act and to ensure the government implements it properly.. Please.. contact us.. if you wish to organise a public meeting so we can help you with admin back-up, publicity and advice.. The Local Works coalition is continually expanding and there are a number of national organisations we are trying to get on board.. By all means, if you are a member of an organisation that is not currently an official supporter please write to their head office and tell them you think they should be and to contact us!..

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  • Title: News | Local Works
    Descriptive info: NEWS RELEASE: Campaigners welcome new communities minister.. NEWS RELEASE: Campaigners congratulate Southwark Council Leader for pledge to help communities.. Campaigners Congratulate Local MP for Championing Wiltshire s Communities.. Local Works thank Wiltshire MP Duncan Hames for urging government to take action on the Sustainable Communities  ...   Liverpool MP Steve Rotherham is thanked by Local Works for championing local communities.. Campaigners Thank Mary Portas for Championing Proposals Made By Communities.. Local Works thank Marty Portas for her high street review championing a number of ideas made by communities using the Sustainable Communities Act..

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