We need a collective reimagination of place and the chance for communities to identify new opportunities based on the needs of many. In order to plan for sustainable growing communities and neighbourhoods, we must collaborate more and more often and with as varied a group of contributors as possible to ensure we are making the most from our shared resources.
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It’s controversial and has already grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons – but is the Work Programme actually working? Stefan Noble, Emma Plunkett and Tom Smith crunch the numbers
Corner shops are often the lynchpin and focal point of communities. As a local resource, however, they are under-valued and many are closing their doors as competition bites. Can they be revived through their civic role? Clare Goff investigates
Action for Market Towns and CoastNet have been reviewing both the vulnerabilities and challenges unique to small seaside towns and those they share with others. Chris Wade reveals their findings
How do you get investment in infrastructure when the economy’s nosediving? You stop pursuing old avenues and go for something new, says Dan Gregory
More than ever, we need strong, articulate leadership. We need someone who understands the difference between business promotion, development, or activities and demand-led economic development.
The lie is self-reinforcing. You hear it used every time people don’t respond to meaningless surveys or poorly advertised consultation exercises. ‘We did our best, we put posters in the community centre and everything, but nobody turned up. They just don’t care...’ We tried, they failed, let’s not bother next time.
And so it is with the Neet challenge. I suspect that money has been paid for more outputs than there are Neet youngsters, with far too few of them delivering the lasting behavioural change that can break the cycle. In short, stuff so far hasn't really worked, which is why this programme sought something new.
A collaborative approach to troubled families in the Netherlands shows that local leadership can come from many levels, as Bas Denters, Pieter-Jan Klok and Mirjan Oude Vrielink explain
A route to a progressive and more socially just England is not constructed by making a sweeping geographical case for a downtrodden north and an affluent London. Nor is it to be found in a localism of isolated local bargaining, which pitches areas against each other and separates London from the rest.