Published: 29th Sep 2011

Rapid change is happening all around us and for those working on the ground in local communities the only current certainty is uncertainty. ‘It’s like a tsunami with everything collapsing around our ears,’ as one delegate put it during discussions at Locality’s recent symposium event on Transforming Communities. At New Start’s Think Time event on the future of public services in the same week, a council officer expressed similar feelings: ‘Before we followed the rule book, now we’re on our own trying to find the way forward.’ Whether or not we believe we are in the middle of a 120-year cyclical crisis in which our entire economy will be reorganised, or a more minor shock to the system, maintaining the status quo is not an option. Restructuring is occurring at the local level and decisions made in the coming years will determine whether communities and local economies sink or swim. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)