Community groups can fill the gaps left by the public and private sector by building local homes, running pubs and maintaining transport links, according to a series of reports published today. The reports by the National Centre for Social Research and WPI Economics were commissioned by the independent trust Power to Change, and look at how groups can run local assets. They specifically examine how to successfully run community pubs, housing and transport systems. Overall, the reports highlight the importance of having access to finance, committed volunteers and working in partnership with other organisations. They also highlight the important of engaging with other members of the local community, which is ‘vital’ for such businesses to thrive. ‘Communities are increasingly proactive about taking on problems on their own doorstep,’ Power to Change’s head of research and policy, Ailbhe McNabola, said. ‘If the state or private businesses have stopped offering services, or … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart