Published: 1st Jul 2011

In this column I want to continue a theme of what local government can do for you. I have long argued that for localism to be real it has to be based on a vision of what you want your area to achieve. In Salford we have to find a way of supporting people out of poverty and into real engagement with the rest of society. One such way is by working with all organisations to provide a unified approach to vulnerable people. For local authorities in the country’s most deprived areas, this economic climate presents the starkest of challenges: how can we stay on mission in tackling disadvantage with the funding reductions which have hit our areas hardest? I believe our first responsibility is to ensure that people do not become further disengaged from the social and economic mainstream. This is a nightmare scenario for places like Salford, where … (To read the full article, subscribe below)