The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods Programme, which aims to support principal (county, district, unitary and borough) authorities to redesign services to deliver at neighbourhood level, with the involvement of community organisations or local (parish and town) councils.
The department is offering direct grants to around 25 local authorities in total to kick-start innovative projects in 2014/15 and 2015/16.
An expert panel will provide advice and challenge, and there will be opportunities for different projects to exchange learning and network.
DCLG are interested in projects that seek to devolve greater responsibility to parish and town councils, and expect that a minimum of three to four projects funded in each of the two phases of the programme will involve parish and town councils in some way.
We would encourage parish councils to discuss the programme with their local principal authorities, who will need to submit expressions of interest to by Monday 15 December 2014.