In her final blog for New Start, Clare Goff looks back over the last ten years of localism and suggests four ways in which the current momentum can be maintained  Almost ten years ago, in August 2008, I joined the editorial team at New Start magazine. Although by then the cracks were showing in some of New Labour’s regeneration programmes, social and economic development was high on the agenda. Neighbourhoods and early intervention were priorities, with the Sure Start programme rolling out across the UK, and New Deal for Communities notching up some successes in post-industrial places. Child poverty was declining and the eradication of rough sleeping was in sight. It would have been hard to imagine then, that, ten years on, as I leave New Start, the social progress that had been achieved would be heading into reverse, that austerity would have ripped out much of the social fabric … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is former Editor of New Start magazine