Communities across the country have borne the brunt of austerity and related policies. They have experienced the adverse effects of a raft of unpleasant and destructive policies and social conditions including public expenditure cuts, rising poverty and inequality, the inadequacy of supply of affordable homes, and much more. Some communities have felt isolated as the political rhetoric and media stories about immigration and social security claimants have been ramped up – usually ever further from evidence-based reality. Social and community cohesion has never been more important. Tragically, communities now have to brace themselves for another year of more austerity and cuts. To compound the challenge faced by some of the most vulnerable places, the public sector is too often reducing their financial support for communities and for those voluntary community organisations whose purpose is to support them. Thankfully, there are some (though far too few) local authorities investing more to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John Tizard is an independent strategic advisor and commentator on public policy and services. He is a former council leader and was director of the Centre for Public Service Partnerships.
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