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Locality '18 - review

It is easy to be caught up in funding, governance or policy matters and forget about why community development organisations exist and how they function. A good Locality convention will help people re-connect with that spirit of community, and the predominant feeling among departing delegates is that they have been re-energised.

Community Development Presence Needed in Social Housing Sector

The Development Trust Associations for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI) continue to meet twice annually to discuss our common interests in community ownership, economic development and new public policy interventions in support of the work of community development organisations, as well as the challenges we face in our respective regions. At our recent "4 Nations" gathering in Glasgow, we were hosted by Govanhill Community Development Trust (GCDT) a subsidiary of Govanhill Housing Association.

A Community Right to Participate

In considering a Community Rights Act for Northern Ireland (CRACT NI) we need to be clear about the provisions that should be contained therein. If we state that communities should have a right to buy, own, challenge and participate, then what do we mean by this and why are these rights needed? 

This will require a wide-ranging and sustained community conversation on the concept of community rights, which must include:

Supporting Balanced, Inclusive and Sustainable Local Economies

‘The economic sphere is not distinct from the social, they are one and the same. We must therefore root our economy in social justice and be guided by the limits of the environment to create a country in which wealth is enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.’ What Needs to be Done-The Manifesto for Local Economies, Centre for Local Economic Strategies 2017

Time for Change - Time for an NI Community Rights Act

Recent political discourse in Northern Ireland (NI) is liberally peppered with reference to ‘rights’ - language rights, an Irish Language Act coupled with a specific Rights Act for Ulster-Scots; or perhaps a cultural rights framework capturing the British identity of the people of NI. However, the demand for rights in NI extends beyond the narrow parameters of national identity and includes, for example, marriage and reproduction rights. Social change demands that our political system keeps step.

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