Community power: The evidence

Published by New Local, February 2021

Authors: Grace Pollard, Jessica Studdert and Luca Tiratelli

Coming out of the worst effects of Covid-19, there is a growing determination to not simply go back to the old status quo, which left us so ill-prepared for the consequences of the pandemic. There is overwhelming support to ‘Build Back Better’, however that phrase is defined. This desire for change might not be sustained. Memories are short and the wish to simply put this terrible experience behind us will be strong.

This report sets out why one essential part of that change must be a massive expansion of community power: in decision-making, collaboration and meeting community needs. The case for doing this, and the positive impacts it would bring to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals, community cohesion, prevention and long-term value are evidenced through practical case studies, both in the UK and internationally.

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