Published: 8th Aug 2016

Last weekend marked the fifth anniversary of the start of the 2011 riots in London and other UK cities. In common with recent coverage of Brexit, the commentary on the riots back in 2011 pointed to fault lines in our communities at many levels: not only racial but between young and old, and people of different classes, with a narrative of disempowerment suggested as a potential root cause. So has anything changed since 2011? And what does it take to build cohesive communities where people feel valued and have a voice? Some answers to these questions are emerging through our Big Local programme. Big Local helps people in 150 communities in England gain the skills and confidence to make their area an even better place to live – and the crucial twist is that residents decide what will make a difference and what to do, including how to use £1m … (To read the full article, subscribe below)