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Local communities can provide councils with a way out of a crisis

Thursday 8 November 2012


The question raised by Lord Heseltine’s growth report is how much councils can improve their own performance.

One answer is staring them in the face: councils need to rethink their concept of resources to encompass their own communities.

That isn’t a euphemism for press-ganging volunteers into doing everything. But when councils redesign services, they should take into account the full range of local assets available, including skills, knowledge and informal support networks.

Read the full article on The Guardian website.