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What local communities need

Asher Craig

Labour’s landmark 2017 manifesto declared Labour to be ‘the party of devolution’ and promised to hand power back to communities. Expanding community asset transfers (CATs) would help us to live this creed, acting as a catalyst to empower our communities to become self-sufficient. Bristol city council is exploring how the transfer of community assets –…

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The transformative effect

Lord Kennedy

Not everyone wants to devolve decision making, maybe they see it as too difficult, or they have a very clear view of what a community should accept and nothing is going to change their mind. Maybe sometimes people struggle with the concept: that by devolving decision making you can actually deliver the policy objectives you…

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More sustainable neighbourhoods

Graham Duxbury

I recently volunteered to serve on the governing body of the infant school that is now firing the imagination of our third child as she embarks on her educational journey. My motivation – other than wanting to pay back the effort and imagination that has gone into coping with our ‘spirited’ offspring over the years…

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Scotland, the Union, and Brexit: What now for Scotland?

Central Hall, Jesus at the Heart, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP

The Auditorium, Jesus at the Heart, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP The UK has decided to leave the EU while the majority of the Scottish electorate voted to remain. This half-day conference in Edinburgh will consider what this decision...

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Localism and the NHS

Wednesday 15 July 2015, 18.30-20.00 | Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA The balance between national, local and frontline control in determining access to healthcare is a critical issue for the NHS. People usually...