Published: 30th Mar 2012

The economic and policy landscape for neighbourhoods has changed dramatically in the last couple of years, prompted by a new government and recession. Much of the old architecture for helping disadvantaged neighbourhoods has disappeared and there has been a big debate in the sector about the government’s strategy for regeneration. There is a new focus on localism and a range of initiatives to support ‘community resilience’ have been announced – such as Community First and Community Organisers. As the dust on these settle, attention is turning to delivery and implementation. A key question is how to combine the new policy aims with a very local ethos. The Big Local programme is a Big Lottery Fund programme that is a genuine large scale attempt to put community development at the heart of area improvement. This involves putting residents and local communities at the heart of decision making but also giving them … (To read the full article, subscribe below)