Locality and the Keep it Local councils are calling on the government to put community partnerships, between councils and community organisations, at the heart of recovery plans. The Keep it Local Manifesto sets out three big opportunities the government has to support these partnerships and nine recommendations of how they can do that.
These partnerships, which emerged and were built on during the pandemic, have the potential to unlock the power of community.

What is the Keep it Local Manifesto?

The Keep it Local Manifesto harnesses the learning from our Keep it Local Councils and their community partners. It shows how the powerful partnerships these places have built have charted a way through the coronavirus crisis – and provides us with a blueprint for recovery.

The Keep it Local Manifesto sets out what policy change is needed at a national level to support these partnerships. These partnerships, which emerged and were built on during the pandemic, have the potential to unlock the power of community.

Read the Keep it Local Manifesto

What does the Keep it Local Manifesto call for?

Locality is calling for government to:

  1. Turn community spirit into community power
  2. Create collaborative public services
  3. Support a community-powered economic recovery

Our recommendations under each of these opportunities show how the government can take practical steps to unlock community power. They can ensure that the powerful partnerships between councils and communities can be sustained and play a vital role in their ambition to “level up” the country.

Senior leaders from our 12 Keep it Local Councils have signed a letter to Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The letter sets out these recommendations and why the local partnerships in their areas are so important.

Read the letter from our Keep it Local Councils

We believe the Keep it Local approach is a key part of government 'levelling up' the country.

Why is the Keep it Local manifesto important?

The Budget on 3 March marked a moment where the government has turned to what comes next after the pandemic. Central to their plans for recovery is the aim of “levelling up” the country. We believe that the Keep it Local approach, in particular these powerful community partnerships, are a key part of the government realising that ambition.

On the eve of a bumper set of local elections, in the wake of the budget, central government has the opportunity to support local partnerships doing incredible things in their places.

Join the Keep it Local Movement

Up and down the country councils and communities are coming together to transform their places. Are you:

  • A council interested in becoming a member of the Keep it Local Network?
  • An individual or community organisation looking to find out how to build strong local partnerships with your council?

Why not join the Keep it Local movement to help make change happen?

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