I recently posted about how local authorities can support their communities, and in particular local community groups, at a time when their ability to directly deliver local services is diminishing. My post touched on the danger of assuming that local groups will be able to step-in to deliver services. Research into issues such as community resilience, community development and co-production suggests a number of concerns about the role of voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) in delivering local public services. Continue reading
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8 ways local authorities can support community empowerment in an age of austerity
Austerity measures implemented by the UK Government since 2010 have reduced funding for some public services and aspects of welfare. Although local government has attempted to absorb real-term reductions in funding, for example by sharing corporate functions, the scale of the cuts is reducing direct delivery in some service areas. Discretionary community-level support services have been disproportionately affected by austerity measures. Continue reading
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