With concerns about the depth of cuts to youth services and a recognition that the government’s forthcoming youth policy is unlikely to come with additional funding attached, there are huge question marks over how this support is going to be sustained in the long term.
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Our young people need jobs, not an expensive two week residential programme like the National Citizens Service.
The decision to offer local authorities cash to freeze council tax, a continuation of arrangements for the current year (2011-12) has been presented as evidence that ‘this government is absolutely committed to helping people through these times’. Putting to one side the fact that this will save the average person just £72, there is at least some evidence to suggest that the ‘help’ offered to citizens will actually be negligible.
If social capital lies at the heart of our health and wellbeing, how do you build it up? Sarah Frost visits Canada and the United States and discovers a little lateral thinking can go a long way
Collective ownership models offer the chance of genuine progress in areas where regeneration has ground to a halt. But local and central government must learn to embrace them – or risk repeating mistakes of the past, argue Tom Archer and Rob Rowlands
My views seem to resonate to some degree with Sir Stephen Bubb, no less, who is a tad more direct in his view of our sector being “screwed over”. I however am a great believer in a continuing link between public service delivery and local authorities.
I have long been a believer that you first of all need to decide what you want as a local authority and then create the tools to achieve it. I also believe that too often we sit around waiting for central government to approve what we wish to achieve.
Restructuring is occurring at the local level and decisions made in the coming years will determine whether communities and local economies sink or swim.
With public services being increasingly marketised, a group of local authorities is looking to the co-op model to ensure the interests of local people are protected. Clare Goff reports
Each year staff at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) nominate projects and initiatives that have achieved positive local change. Clare Goff takes a look at the three winners.