William Eichler 06 May 2022

Communities should be empowered to tackle cost of living crisis

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Over two thirds of people responding to a recent poll argue that more power should be given to local communities to tackle the cost of living crisis.

A poll of over 2,100 adults by Britain Thinks has found that just 14% are confident the Government can address the crisis, while 66% were not confident. The remaining 20% were neutral or undecided.

Nearly 80% of Respondents to the poll, which was commissioned by the think tank New Local, said Westminster and Whitehall were making decisions ‘about people and places they know little about.’

Around 68% argued that more power should be given to local communities to tackle the issue themselves. Seventy-seven percent said that in order to level up, the Government should give communities more power to decide what investment and support they need.

Just short of 80% supported providing councils with sufficient funds to invest in communities.

Adam Lent, chief executive, New Local, commented: ‘At a time when issues like cost of living and regional inequality are reaching a crisis point, trust in politicians to deliver solutions is at a catastrophic low. Meanwhile, people themselves want greater control over how to solve these problems as they appear in their own households and communities.

‘Rather than struggle for half-baked, top-down solutions, the Government should trust and resource communities to tackle the issues that are affecting them directly at a local level. That would really be giving back control.’

‘That’s why we’re calling for a Community Power Act, that would end the top-down, ineffective system that is not delivering the answers people need,’ he added.

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