Increasing pressure on public services and budget cuts have led to local authorities seeking efficiencies by centralising, outsourcing and standardising services.
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There is a better way – to Keep it Local by putting local services in the hands of local communities.

Local communities have huge resources at their disposal to improve people’s lives.

By harnessing the power of community organisations and commissioning them to provide local services, councils can simultaneously create better, more responsive services, save money and build a fairer, more resilient local economy where every community thrives.

How can you Keep it Local?

Powerful Communities, Strong Economies report

The Powerful Communities, Strong Economies report provides a framework that local authorities can use to commission for economic resilience and community organisations can use to evidence their local economic impact.

We have been working with six local authorities to halt the trend towards outsourcing services at scale to multi-national companies.

How to Keep it Local: Innovation in action

This briefing paper outlines the steps we need to take to finally make decentralisation stick and harness the potential of place-based strategies to save money and create better services.

It draws on Locality’s experience of working with communities, local authorities and central government to innovate from the ground up.

It also introduces case studies of social policy experiments that have been successful across Europe, as part of Locality’s work with the InnoSIresearch programme.

How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners

The handbook for pioneering councillors and commissioners across the country who prioritise local commissioning and delivery, leading to improved services for local people, savings for councils and economic resilience in their communities.

Based on our five key principles of how to Keep it Local, the guide busts myths around commissioning locally and showcases the benefits of working with community anchor organisations.

Better services, stronger economy: A Keep it Local guide for community organisations

This is one of three guides for community organisations,councillors and commissioners with practical advice on how to keep services with local providers.

It applies the successful approach described in Powerful Communities, Strong Economies’, the final report of Locality’s ‘Keep it Local for Economic Resilience’ action research project, supported by Friends Provident Foundation.

Better Services, Stronger Economy: A Keep it Local guide for councillors

This is one of three guides for councillors, commissioners and community organisations with practical advice on how to keep services with local providers. It applies the successful approach described in ‘Powerful Communities, Strong Economies’, the final report of Locality’s ‘Keep it Local for Economic Resilience’ action research project, supported by Friends Provident Foundation.

Better Services, Stronger Economy: A Keep it Local guide for commissioners

This is one of three guides for commissioners, councillors and community organisationswith practical advice on how to keep services with local providers. It applies the successful approach described in Powerful Communities, Strong Economies’, the final report of Locality’s ‘Keep it Local for Economic Resilience’ action research project, supported by Friends Provident Foundation.

Sign up to the Keep it Local Network

To share, learn and be inspired with bi-monthly newsletters, local councillors and commissioners are encouraged to sign up to our Keep it Local Network.

If you’re a supporter of the Keep it Local approach, please share the new How to Keep it Local: Five step guide with your local councillors and commissioners.

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