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The relationship between the VCS and local authorities has become much closer over the last 10-15 years, as the strategic role of the VCS in shaping outcomes for the benefit of diverse communities becomes more recognised. The relationship is complex and conflicting with varying experiences between trust and mistrust, co-development and arm’s length relationships and strategic partnerships vs subordinate recipient and participant relationships.

The current drive to greater localism during a period of national austerity will require a further shift in the relationship dynamics between local authorities and the VCS. Identifying local need, targeting resources effectively and protecting those most vulnerable underpin the need for a better working relationship moving forward.

The difficulties lie in managing the dual role of the VCS. Firstly as strategic partner – a sector able to inform and shape better public services, against the secondary role of service deliverer and possible recipient of public funds.

This section provides information on how the relationships between local authorities and the VCS can be improved and strengthened. The section is informed by our March 2011 ‘Big Event’ conference Particular areas of focus include:

  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Grant funding and investment
  • Community engagement in planning
  • Health & Wellbeing Boards
  • Intelligent commissioning
  • Community Asset Transfer

Two new blog posts and a twitter feed

Following her presentation on community organisers at the NAVCA Annual Conference in London on 22 November and the public sector strikes on 30 November, Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands, has published her latest two blog posts presenting her thoughts on the subjects.

To read both of Rachel's blog posts, entitled Don't blame my dad and Community Organisers - Opportunity or Threat? click here.

You can also now follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelQ_OneEM.

£50million Growing Places Fund announced

The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced a £500million Growing Places Fund to help boost economic growth by getting required built to enable the creation of new jobs and homes and get stalled projects moving again.


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