Published: 3rd Dec 2012

Anyone reading the press and professional journals over the past few months could be forgiven for concluding that localism is something of a ‘dead duck’; that the government and its advisors have moved on. Try telling that to the hundreds of communities that have been working their socks off for years – and in some cases decades – to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. There has never been a time when local people have been more engaged in the future of their communities. Whether encouraged by new opportunities opened up by the localism act or in response to the withdrawal of public sector funding, many communities are just ‘doing it for themselves’ and they are doing it with great determination and no little skill – but not all of them. It’s time we balanced things up – opening up practical opportunities for those communities which, for whatever reason, haven’t … (To read the full article, subscribe below)