The Guardian, June 17th 2004, p.14
Community groups should take on some of the powers of town halls to reinvigorate local government, two government ministers have proposed. Nick Raynsford, responsible for local and regional government, and Yvette Cooper, another minister in the deputy prime minister's Whitehall department, both suggest new neighbourhood bodies "could be handed responsibility for local parks, the street scene, community safety and local regeneration".
Capacity Building is about ensuring that organisations have the skills, knowledge, structures and resources to realise their full potential. ChangeUp's aim is that by 2014 the needs of frontline voluntary and community organisations will be met by support that is available nationwide, structured for maximum efficiency, offering excellent provision, accessible to all, truly reflecting and promoting diversity, and sustainably funded. ChangeUp describes the basic architecture of support that frontline organisations need.
Financial Times, June 7th 2004, p.2
The burgeoning public sector is "the main provider of high-quality jobs" in many parts of Britain, according to a consultancy that advises the government. Without its contribution "productivity gaps" between regions "would be enormously wider", according to Mark Hepworth, head of Local Futures. He was commenting on research showing that in some rural areas or de-industrialised areas, well over half the "knowledge economy" jobs are in the public sector, suggesting that the public sector is having to prop up parts of the economy in many parts of Britain. Mr Hepworth suggested the figures reflected the "breakdown of manufacturing economies across the country".
Audit Commission Publications, 2004
The large array of central government initiatives and the complex funding and partnership arrangements underpinning them severely hamper their success at a local level. The report proposes a dual approach which would allow communities, local leaders and policy-makers to use a new local delivery framework: