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July 2016 - NewStart
We need a new devolution settlement that empowers local areas to forge their own answers to the challenges they face.
In 1965, a plan was put in place to tackle ‘the Highland problem’, a seemingly unstoppable downward spiral affecting the whole economy of the Highlands and Islands.
There’s growing acceptance of the fact that sending legions of support workers into a troubled community can confuse, not cure, the social ills that beset them. The Charles Burrell Centre is an example of just how effective it can be to start with the people and work out.
Time credits help us to value everyone’s contribution and rekindle people’s confidence in their agency and power. This is at the heart of our approach. We seek to tackle inequality, promote empowered communities and renewed citizenship based on public services and people working hand in hand.
Libraries have great potential to support digital inclusion, but to do so, they must do more than book loans and placing a few computers in the corner
While national agents of change remain important, the future also has to be about rekindling a new local anti-poverty deal.
We wouldn’t have chosen this outcome but we are determined that if we are now to build a future outside the EU it should be one that nurtures people and the environment and creates shared benefits for all our communities, wherever they live.
As the politically driven trend towards more privatisation and outsourcing grows, there is an urgent need to refocus minds on alternatives, especially those models which are based on democratic principles.
Bristol is famous for doing things differently and its local currency, strong sense of ethics and powerful community action set it apart from the UK’s other core cities. But is its image as an 'alternative' economy exacerbating the city’s inequality?