This Post and the background files which can be downloaded at the end was kindly submitted by Claudia Rees – BHCC Communities & Equalities Team (Claudia.Rees@brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Change is in the air! Neighbourhood Councils for Brighton & Hove
Brighton and Hove City Council are developing new ways of working with communities to make this a more democratic city, leading the way as a place to live and work. Neighbourhoods will be offered greater power to make decisions about services and budgets, addressing issues relevant to them. Arrangements may vary from place to place, but there will be opportunities for all to participate in decision making.
The intention is that these changes will allow people to:
- be more involved in their local area and identify opportunities for community action
- raise issues that need addressing and help develop local solutions
- be actively involved in the decisions that are taken about their area
- be empowered to develop local services and groups
The plans fit into the Localism Act (2011), which sets out a series of proposals that are intended to shift power away from central government, towards local people.
City wide consultation is taking place between November 2011 and January 2012, using a range of methods. A pilot area will be launched for a year in May 2012, and as part of our consultation, we will ask communities to put forward ‘expressions of interest’ in being a pilot area.
During the consultation and pilot period the council will continue to look at the legal and financial implications and will feedback to communities and organisations around potential challenges and opportunities. Consultation results will be published widely in March 2012.
Neighbourhood Councils Consultation Event
Change is in the air! Come along and find out more about what changes the local authority are proposing around neighbourhood governance and local decision making. Councillor Ben Duncan, Cabinet Member for Communities, Equalities & Public Protection, will give the city wide vision, and Sam Warren, Community Engagement Coordinator, Brighton and Hove City Council, will give national examples of local decision making bodies. There will be a Q&A session and your chance to have your say, with discussion groups to input directly into the consultation.
The event is on Monday 23rd January 7pm – 8.30pm (tea and coffee available from 6.40pm) in the meeting room at The Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF. There is wheelchair access and a disabled toilet.
All are welcome