Published: 8th Mar 2016

Over the next four months there will be unprecedented political activity and manoeuvres. This provides a huge opportunity for community and voluntary organisations – you should not be shy in ‘seizing the moment’. As politicians campaign for the EU referendum in June, local elections in May, and police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections, they need to be questioned and challenged on their policies. A period in advance of any election commonly offers such opportunities, but the next few months offer an amazing confluence of activity at a time when, in England at least, the major political parties are engaged in internal debate. My advice to community and voluntary sector organisations is to take the opportunity to offer policy ideas to both candidates and parties, at national and local levels. The fact is that the interests of all those committed to stronger local communities are highly relevant to all the upcoming … (To read the full article, subscribe below)