More than sixty representatives from local community organisations gathered in Birmingham last week to discuss the latest Community Rights at a Locality event hosted by Birmingham Settlement.

The new Community Rights are part of the Localism Act introduced in 2011 with the aim of devolving more decision making powers from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils.

Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DCLG was guest speaker at the event entitled ‘Communities Taking Control – solutions from the frontline’.  Other speakers include Steve Wyler, CEO of Locality and Alison Seabrooke, CEO of the Community Development Foundation.

Martin Holcombe, CEO at Birmingham Settlement said, “We had a hugely successful day with input from a wide range of organisations that were able to share their experiences and discuss the challenges they have faced. “

Steve Wyler added, “   This was an opportunity to see beyond the legislation and discover how initiatives are actually working at grass roots level. It was inspiring to see how many varied projects are making a real difference in local communities.

Birmingham Settlement is part of Locality’s West Midlands Regional Action Group and a ‘Kickstarter’ host for the national Community Organisers programme.

PIC CAPTION: Martin Holcombe, Rt. Hon. Don Foster MP and Steve Wyler


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Editor’s notes

Founded in 1899, Birmingham Settlement is one of the oldest charities in the city. The role of Birmingham Settlement is to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities facing social and economic exclusion.

Birmingham Settlement supports the community with: older people’s services, children’s services, training and employment advice, money advice, building cohesion, development support for voluntary and community organizations.


Locality is the leading nationwide network of development trusts, community enterprises, settlements and social action centers.

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