The Open Works project aimed to encourage and expand local levels of participation. Tessy Britton examines the results and finds that, for participation to be meaningful, neighbourhoods need more than a scattergun approach
What will it take to get public services and communities working together to achieve lasting change? Local Trust – which runs the Big Local programme – gives New Start an exclusive insight into what works and what doesn’t
George Osborne’s plans for business rates devolution have so far thrown up more questions than answers, says Kevin Muldoon-Smith
For rural settlements to thrive there needs to be more than a grudging acceptance of a few new homes to avoid something worse, says Tony Hutchinson. There must be a reappraisal of housing needs in the countryside.