Story of a Strategy »

Story of a Strategy

The story of a city’s approach to making better places to live and a resource for citizens – that’s the aim of the Transforming Place website published this week by Chamberlain Forum. It takes its name from the neighbourhood strategy produced by Birmingham City Council earlier this year and provides summaries and access to original documents related to it. Transforming Place also traces some the story of how the strategy came about and the context to it: past approaches to neighbourhood improvement in Birmingham.

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 […]

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