Published: 3rd Jun 2020

Ministers must back grass roots community businesses as part of the government’s post-lockdown economic recovery plans, according to a new report. The report by leading think tank Localis says community businesses and service hubs can help neighbourhoods thrive beyond the immediate Covid pandemic. It argues that central government needs to show greater consistency and political will in supporting grass roots community ventures – or risk hampering recovery by sapping the energy and enthusiasm of capable volunteers. And it calls for more core funding to help community asset bids, especially in less affluent places – and to also ensure volunteers are not threatened with benefit cuts in deprived areas where local people must take responsibility for building community capacity. The report, which has been published today (3 June), also calls on the government to make the provision of parks and open spaces alongside support for ‘friends of’ groups should be a statutory … (To read the full article, subscribe below)