Slashed council budgets are leading to more public spaces being placed in the hands of local people. Clare Goff looks at a new guide that explains how it’s done.
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Rather than simply closing children’s centres and other community facilities for short-term savings, why not create hubs for people of all ages and reap long-term rewards? Stephen Burke explains
The government’s planning reforms present an opportunity to consider the kind of neighbourhoods we actually want to live in. When we do, we realise how many of the concerns that get people angry, animated and involved are located firmly at the street level.
We could never have foreseen the financial crisis when we developed CITR, yet it is in place and can support the new world order that we are all facing.
I think we’ll hear a lot more about how important the government considers rebalancing the economy to be, but we will see very little investment. Any initiatives or announcements will almost certainly be palliatives of the ‘now please stop bothering us’ variety.
A new study has looked into the extent of financial exclusion faced by social housing tenants. Kevin Gulliver reveals the findings.
So is this the film for you? Well, if you’re beginning to realise that classic economics, the pursuit of growth as defined by GDP, and local regeneration by shopping mall might not be all it’s cracked up to be, then yes.
The link back to neighbourhoods is that we often start, like the scouts, from a deficit model of analysis: listing all the things an area doesn’t have and all the things it cannot do.
Council procurement managers aren’t the enemy of enterprise, Mr Cameron. But with your help they could do more to support local businesses, says Matthew Jackson.
In the space of a few minutes the launch managed to echo some of the core messages that are coming out of central government: there are less resources to go around; we just have to deal with the current situation; the private sector needs to take a far greater role; and the key to all this is collaboration.