History of the Our Place programme (formerly Neighbourhood Community Budgets)

Neighbourhood community budgets: Introducing the pilot areas

Our Place is an important element of the drive to decentralise power from Whitehall to neighbourhoods and communities. It originates from the NCB programme piloted across 12 neighbourhoods from April 2012 to March 2013.  The 12 pioneers as they described, worked closely with local people, the Department for Communities and Local Government Association (DCLG), the Local Government Association (LGA), Locality and a range of other partners to test how services could be devolved to neighbourhood level, and residents engaged in service re-design and delivery.

NCB Prospectus – Invitation to join the NCB Pilot Programme

In 2011, DCLG published a prospectus, inviting interested neighbourhoods or areas to submit an application to join the NCB pilot programme. The prospectus set out the government’s vision, application process, timelines, the support available, expected outputs and outcomes and what successful pilot areas can expect to get out of the programme.

NCB Pilot Programme – Research, Learning, Evaluation and Lessons

Following the successful NCB Pilot, a detailed research and evaluation was carried out, capturing learning and lessons from the pilot programme and from the pioneers. It also summarises the operational plans (i.e. business plans) submitted by the pioneers at the end of the pilot programme. The final report was published in 2013.

Neighbourhood community budgets: Introducing the pilot areas (1.5MB pdf) NCB Prospectus – Invitation to join the NCB Pilot Programme (293.9KB pdf) NCB Pilot Programme – Research, Learning, Evaluation and Lessons (375.0KB pdf)

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