We produce a wide range of publications from research reports to policy briefings, as well as our members' magazine, Clearway, and a monthly Policy Round-Up. Our Handy Guides provide practical information covering topics such as LSPs, Planning and local government. All our publications are designed to provide accessible and relevant information to help you get to the heart of what matters.
Don't know your Handy Guide from your Briefing? Read our explanation of what our different publications are.
Urban Forum's innovative Bridging the Mismatch programme has now been published as a report. The programme looked at how how relationships between communities and public bodies can be strengthened; a vital requirement in these challenging times.
Urban Forum were one of sixty two organisations that signed the Local Works coalition response to the Government's consultation on the new Sustainable Communities Act Regulations.
A parliamentary inquiry into regeneration is being carried out by the CLG Select Committee. Urban Forum provided written evidence and gave evidence in person at the committee's hearing on 20th June.
Urban Forum joined forced with Voice4Change England to submit evidence to the Localism Inquiry highlighting three critical issues.
With the era of austerity upon us and the public spending cuts bringing greater challenges, this handy guide, which has expert contributions from many organisations, is a timely, practical way to strengthen your community and make the best use of its assets.
The Guide contains sections on
→ Local Food Schemes
→ Asset Mapping
→ Local Exchange Trading Scheme (LETS)
→ Community Resilience Task Force
→ Community Led Planning
→ Renewable Energy
→ Community Asset Transfer
→ Community Land Banks
→ Community Land Trusts
→ Meanwhile Projects - Use of Assets
→ Local Currencies
→ Local Enterprise
→ Community Development Finance
→ Credit Unions
→ Crowdfunding Social Ventures
→ Social Impact Bonds
→ Charitable Bonds - Blended Value Investment
→ Local Multiplier3 (LM3)
→ Community Shares
What they say
"I was pleased to receive a copy of the Urban Forum Guide to Community Resilience. The book has been on my desk ever since. It chimes perfectly with the Localism agenda, is accessible, easy to read and inspires you to action. I would recommend it to any community group or local council looking to get a real handle on what current Policy actually translates to in terms of potential real action to improve and support our communities."
Steven Lugg, Hamphire Association of Local Councils
Urban Forum responded to the Department of Communities and Local Government consultation on the Community Right to Challenge which closed on 3 May 2011.