Heeley Development Trust in Sheffield Sustainable economies cannot be created without strong social capital and the input of local charities, says John Tizard Reading the House of Lords select committee recent report on charities – ‘Strong charities for a stronger society’ – and recent New Start articles on regeneration, social investment and localism, I have been struck by the correlation between them. It is increasingly accepted that economic regeneration and growth must not only be inclusive but also locally-led and accompanied by serious and sustained investment in social capital. As the House of Lords select committee identified, many small and medium charities are local in their focus. They are resourced by local volunteers, staff and by local public and private finance. They are, in many cases, the ‘heart’ of those communities. Indeed, as the select committee chair, baroness Pitkeathley states, ‘charities are the eyes, ears and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

John Tizard
John Tizard is an independent strategic advisor and commentator on public policy and services. He is a former council leader and was director of the Centre for Public Service Partnerships.