New approach agreed for communities organising street parties and summer fetes, 27 August  "At last the red tape is being cut on road closures and the bunting can go up on building community spirit through street parties. After years of campaigning on this the Government is listening to us. Though there is more to do, it is a great step for common sense and a chance to open up the country to the simple pleasure of meeting your neighbours in your traffic-free street. We hope that councils will respond with a sigh of relief and make it easier for residents to join in what is a great British tradition." Chris Gittins, Streets Alive.
Government aims to replace bureaucratic accountability with democratic accountability, 13 August  "Local people, not Whitehall, will now be the audience for the assurances audit gives on local spending decisions." topic
Councils across Britain will from next week be allowed to sell renewable electricity to the grid and should assume their rightful place leading a local power revolution, Chris Huhne says in a letter to all local authorities, 9 August  topic