Politicians and political parties need to do far more to reach out to people and give them reason to vote. Clearly explaining policies, setting out differentiation and talking in a language people understand might stem the flow of apathy.
May 2014 - NewStart
For Localise West Midlands, the question is more about when will we see a return to a local prosperity rather than simply an increase in aggregate UK growth? When will people in communities across the UK start to see money and investment flowing into their areas?
There is strong political support for action on low pay, and pressing economic reasons, but the devil’s in the policy details.
Crowdfunding isn't the only way to get projects off the ground. There are other ways to encourage investment. With government grants disappearing and banks more reluctant to fund small businesses, local communities are seeking new ways to find investment.
In a time of change in small towns, Shape My Town gets people thinking about their local area and inspires them to get involved in changing and improving it
In a bold bid to uncover an alternative to what I believe is the current failed model of economic growth, I am joining UCL this summer to launch the world's first Global Prosperity Institute to try to tackle this issue.
Far from just making business sense, all social housing tenants can work with their landlords to unlock their potential for creating inspiring social change in their community while proving themselves as important to their provider doing exactly the same.
There is an urgent need to tell the positive stories of good relations work. These stories rarely come to public attention but reflect more complex nuanced narratives around hot topics such as welfare, immigration and integration.
As our politicians celebrate a return to GDP growth, this May edition of New Start puts forward some ideas for how economic growth can more fully serve people and places.
ISSUE 521, MAY 2014 *SPECIAL FOCUS ON GOOD GROWTH*