What is the explanation for the apparent difference between a flat lining national economy and what would seem to be significant growth rates in the value of goods and services in local economies across the country?
Kevin Lloyd, Author at NewStart
So taken at face value we end up with a strict national planning system in which there is mandatory sale of particular properties to finance very specific replacements and additional properties. So much apparently for local discretion.
It is about addressing some of the questions about experience, fracture and culture. It would address community development activity, the way that front line professionals and their managers handle their budgets and how problem solving for the area is addressed across a range of services relating to the place and the residents.
Economic development and regeneration specialists should be knocking on the CLG committee’s door and giving them plenty to think about in terms of how local politicians can best be equipped to make the places for which they have been elected better.
The government’s wide-ranging ambitions for introducing payment by results (PbR) regimes across a swathe of policy areas will significantly affect the way that social policy outcomes are addressed.
If one goes into glass half full mode for a moment, suspends disbelief and conjures up at least some cash to make a reality of it; there is something refreshing about a locally driven, collective, planned response which emphasises civic roles and people as citizens not just consumers.
We actually know very little about the effect of right to buy beyond a massive reduction in the availability of social housing. We don’t know how many purchasers stay in their homes for life, what happens in terms of succession, or (crucially) whether there are substantive changes in wealth or any link with wider opportunities.