Testing the 21st Century Councillor Framework

Building on the 21st Century Councillor Framework, developed by University of Birmingham and North West Employers, this Jam and Justice project is focusing on strengthening relationships between local councillors and citizens / constituents in positive ways.

Download "Councillors and Communities" -- a short summary of the project and early findings:

The role of councillors has changed dramatically since the Local Government Act of 2000, which re-shaped how local councils make decisions and, to a certain extent, curtailed the decision-making powers of local councillors. The 21st Century Councillor Framework responded to this by setting out the sorts of roles, skills and capacities needed for councillors to operate successfully in this new environment. 

This Jam and Justice-designed project focused on testing how the proposed role, skills and relationships are seen by all those involved in decision-making: members, citizens, officers, as well as other stakeholders and partners.

Summary findings are available to download as "Councillors and Communities". A fuller report is forthcoming.

To find out more about this project, email the Jam and Justice ARC members: Liz Richardson and Andrew Burridge.

News, events and blog

Detail from the cover of the Councillors and Communities initial report
Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:00
Greater Manchester

North West Employers and Jam & Justice present findings from our project "Testing The 21st Century Councillor Framework".

* Bookings are now open for this event. * 

This free event is for Councillors, community members, council officers and anyone with an interest in how people can work together to govern localities better.

An Evening with Jam and Justice - Join us (with ARC project logos)
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 17:30 to 20:00
Ziferblat, Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW

The Jam and Justice Action Research Collective will be sharing what we have learned and celebrating the outcomes of our projects in Greater Manchester.

In this fourth post for our Trans-local Learning mini-series, GMCA officer Anne Lythgoe reflects on a visit to Gothenburg Region.


Co-production: working with local democracy

Co-production is a way of designing and delivering public services in a more democratic fashion, giving citizens control over the day-to-day decisions which affect their lives. [source]

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
Manchester Central Library

Devolution promised to open up new opportunities for community engagement and empowerment, shifting power from Whitehall to the Townhall. One year on since the election of Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester, Jam and Justice's Action Research Collective are hosting a debate in Manchester Central Library to discuss the changing horizons of collective decision-making in Greater Manchester.