Ten ideas to boost local resilience and growth, from a neighbourhood health watch to a blueprint for localisation.
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What are the benefits of community economic development and how can it become more mainstream? Localise West Midlands has been finding out.
You can count how many sat on the new chairs that such-and-such a grant purchased but how do you measure something as ephemeral as ‘connectedness’? A new approach to neighbourhood renewal will need a new approach to evaluation and it’ll come down to stories again, listening to people’s experiences and passing that on.
We would like to see frontline workers in all services having around 10% of their time allocated to collaboration with new and existing community groups and with workers in the other services, to tackle joint problems and improve local conditions together.
There is an urgent need to identify appropriate business models for community libraries to render them sustainable in the medium to long term – in particular, where councils have not seen fit to commission services for communities.
‘Big Society’ may be discredited but society and progressive community based policies and practices should not and must not be. The future social, economic and environmental health of the nation is dependent on mutualism, collective respect and action, and the essence of active citizenship.
So Locality is supporting a community libraries network, to share experience and ideas. We’ve come a long way from the little chained library in Grantham, but what a disaster it would be to discover one day that these precious community resources had disappeared altogether, and we were back in the days when learning was only for the privileged, and knowledge a purely private matter.
It is certainly a missed opportunity to empower local communities to deliver the growth we need. In particular, the bill needs to focus on providing local areas with the tools to hold financial services providers to account in order to improve access to credit on fair terms for both households and businesses.
Britain led the world in developing mutual financial institutions and public savings banks, but now its local banking sector pales in comparison to that of the US and Germany. Tony Greenham asks what the UK learn from other countries in rebuilding its stakeholder banks?
Baroness Susan Kramer was one of several peers who fought a successful battle to amend the new Financial Services Bill to make it easier to set up small banks. She talks to David Boyle about the potential for new models of local finance to emerge.