Why Keep it Local?
We believe in the power of community. That’s why we’re calling on councils to turn the tide on large-scale outsourcing and Keep it Local:
- For more responsive services that transform lives.
- To reduce long-term pressure on the public sector.
- To ensure precious public resources invest in the local economy.
Our Keep it Local Manifesto, published in March 2021, builds on our previous research and harnesses the learning from our Keep it Local Councils and their community partners. It sets out what policy change is needed at a national level to build on these partnerships to unlock community power and recover from the coronavirus crisis.
How to Keep it Local?
In March 2020, we published research looking at why councils are increasingly choosing to Keep it Local. We worked with seven community organisations across the country exploring their role and their distinctive offer to local communities.
In short, they are building partnerships with community organisations because authorities can support and access a powerful network that has built organically over time, as well as providing high-quality services for local people.
Our research shows that these community organisations have built a range of relationships and partnerships with local people, public sector agencies, providers, businesses and other local partners. Indeed, they have a catalytic role linking up these often-disconnected parts of the system.
The research also explores the six Keep it Local principles and how councils can apply them to harness the power of community.
This is the starting point for a conversation. Through our Keep it Local Network, we’ll be engaging with a wide range of people involved in designing, commissioning and delivering of public services.
We want to draw on the latest thinking and best practice to co-create a new approach to commissioning and Keep it Local.
Do you want to get involved in the campaign and find out how you can help your local authority become a Keep it Local council? Our guide includes practical advice and tips.
Join our Keep it Local Network
The Keep it Local Network is for people who want to find new and innovative ways to reshape local services and transform lives.
Sign-up to the mailing list for:
- Inspiring stories about how a Keep it Local approach to commissioning transforms lives
- Invitations to regular Keep it Local Network events across the country
- Expert-led webinars and Q+A debates exploring how to overcome the practical challenges to reshaping service delivery
- Updates on current trends and news
- The opportunity to attend a national Keep it Local conference
Keep it Local is brought to you in partnership with Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales which specialises in funding small, locally based charities tackling complex social problems.