Ward Committees – Fit For Purpose? »

Ward Committees – Fit For Purpose?

In cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Newcastle; and in many London boroughs, ward or neighbourhood committees are now an established feature in local government.  Typically made up by councillors elected to represent the ward, they play a part in devolved decision-making and act as a forum for citizens and elected members in places where […]

Social Innovation Zones »

Social Innovation Zones

Social Innovation Zones are on the menu for discussion at the next Chamberlain Forum conversation at Change Kitchen, the Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Camp Hill, Birmingham B11 1AR on Monday 14 July 5-7pm Social Innovation Zones are an idea put forward by Chamberlain Forum to: enable social innovation and public service reform in neighbourhoods focus, […]

Rents and Renewing Social Housing »

Rents and Renewing Social Housing

During the last couple of weeks, I have been at a number of meetings speaking – and listening – to council tenant representatives, housing service staff and councillors in different parts of Birmingham about forming Tenant Panels and coregulation of social housing in the light of the devolution of the bulk of responsibility for housing […]

Birmingham Local Elections 2014 »

Birmingham Local Elections 2014

Birmingham continues to have a Labour majority Council after the May 2014 elections.   Labour took 4 seats from the Liberal Democracts in Selly Oak, Moseley & Kings Heath, Hall Green and Springfield, but lost two seats to the Conservatives in Kingstanding and Kings Norton.   The losing Labour candidate in Kings Norton was Cabinet member […]

Resident University at Change Kitchen May 15 »

Resident University at Change Kitchen May 15

For about 5 years (2006-11), Chamberlain Forum used to organise a thing called Resident University. During this time, a hundred or so lectures, seminars, briefings and other events took place in Birmingham’s community halls, offices, churches, parks, civic buildings; on buses and street corners; and even, once or twice, in the city’s ‘proper’ Universities. I […]

Community Assets Conversation »

Community Assets Conversation

How can a local authority – facing spending cuts and no longer able to do anything beyond the statutory minimum – encourage better use of community assets to deliver services?  What, in fact, are ‘community assets’ and what does owning them entail? Chamberlain Forum is aiming to develop policy based on the experience and know-how […]

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