More and more local authorities are moving away from bureaucratic commissioning and big outsourcing contracts. Instead, they are unlocking the power of community: building strong local partnerships, sharing power and maximising local strengths.
We’re embedding the Keep it Local principles in the heart of our Community Strategy, and the day-to-day operation of the council.
- Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

But we know changing direction is a difficult thing to do. So we have convened the Keep it Local Network in partnership with Lloyds Bank Foundation to support places on this journey and help make change happen.

The following councils have been through the process to join the Keep it Local Network. If you want to join them, or encourage your council to do so, you can join the Keep it Local network.

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:

“This isn’t about altruism or working with local organisations because it’s a nice thing to do. We want to keep services local because we know it’s the best way to provide the best possible offer for our communities.”

Bristol City Council

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:

“As an authority, we are absolutely committed to setting the standard on Keeping it Local – in how we commission our services, in how we build power locally and how we support community capacity. But making these shifts is often easier said than done.

“There are huge challenges that aren’t getting any easier in the context of ongoing austerity. So we’re delighted to be part of a movement of likeminded Keep it Local councils, that can help us “occupy the rhetoric” and create real change together.”

Calderdale Council

Cllr Jane Scullion, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, Calderdale Council, said:

“We support Keep it Local because we believe that strong, resilient communities benefit the whole borough and our local economy. We are proud to have commissioned local organisations to deliver local services in our communities like our Children’s Centres.

“We work in partnership with the voluntary and community sector to help support resilient communities through projects like Staying Well and Active Calderdale that empower people and enrich local lives.

“In the past year we have launched our Inclusive Economy Strategy and are developing our approach to Social Value so that these vital partnerships are built into all our work going forward.”

Hackney Council

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said:

“We’re building a fairer, safer and more sustainable Hackney, but we know we cannot do it alone. Our communities hold the assets and tools to shape the borough beyond what just the Council can control, and we know that people want services they feel connected to.

“So we’re embedding the Keep it Local principles in the heart of our Community Strategy, and the day-to-day operation of the council. We’re disrupting service siloes, finding existing expertise in our communities, boosting our co-production, changing our procurement and commissioning – pushing for ‘local by default’.”

Kirklees Council

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader, Kirklees Council, said:

“The Keep It Local principles really capture our approach. We are focusing on early intervention by building new people-focussed, place-based local integrated partnerships to tackle poverty, social isolation, and build community capacity from the grassroots.

“We’re building a simpler yet more diverse local care market through support for micro-enterprises and investing in a new, local, adult social care cooperative.”

Lewisham Council

Cllr Jonathan Slater, Cabinet Member for the Community Sector, Lewisham Council, said:

“We are really proud of the work we are doing to support our thriving community sector. It’s important that we continue to unlock the potential in our borough and build strong local partnerships, joining the network will help us to work collaboratively with other councils to build on this.”

Newcastle City Council

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said:

“Supporting the Keep it Local principles has to be about a partnership between the voluntary and community sector and the local authority to make sure that the wealth we create and spend is kept in the local area. If we do this well, we will be creating sustainable, good quality jobs that pay a decent living wage and investing in the skills and capacity of the people of Newcastle.

“We face different challenges across the country and must learn from one another. The Keep it Local network gives us a route to share knowledge, expertise and ideas with colleagues that we can use to benefit of our residents.”

Oldham Council

Cllr Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said:

“As a co-operative council who places Thriving Communities at the heart of our own values we believe we share the same vision and mission statement as those in the Keep it Local Network.

“It can only be of benefit to an organisation like ourselves to be a part of such a supportive Network. Together we will provide a strong voice to push for change.

“Spending money locally and devolution are important ambitions for us. We already work with partners to make sure we maximise the Oldham pound locally and our residents have already seen the benefits.”

Rotherham Council

Cllr Chris Read, leader of Rotherham Council, said:

“The Keep it Local principles are an important part of our agenda for Rotherham, so we were keen to be amongst the first authorities to sign up to the campaign. Through our Thriving Neighbourhoods Strategy, we are putting local communities at the heart of everything we do, strengthening the role of our councillors as leaders in their communities, whilst our commitment to social value means much more of our £300 million annual spend will go towards creating jobs, higher pay, based on schemes that are co-designed with our residents and service users.”

South Gloucestershire Council

Toby Savage, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“We know that our voluntary, community and social enterprise sector has skills, expertise, creativity and fleetness of foot to act locally, which is why we already work with them, right up to the strategic level, as partners and equals.

“We want to build on and strengthen that relationship as we develop a new approach to providing services for local people and communities. We’re joining the Keep it Local Network because we know this is the beginning of a journey and recognise the power of learning from other councils in the Network as we make this shift.”

Wirral Council

Cllr Janette Williamson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Wirral Council, said:

“Joining the Keep it Local movement puts Wirral’s economy first. It means more collaboration, stronger partnerships with local businesses, and greater support for our communities.

“By working at a neighbourhood level to commission services with – and for – residents, the Council will save money in the long-term and give power to the people we serve.”

Become a Keep it Local Council

Locality has been helping councils to Keep it Local for years. Top-level leadership is crucial, and keeping it local must be a key part of a council’s DNA.

To find out how your council can Keep it Local, why not join the Keep it Local movement?

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