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Empowering communities to prosper

Last week, the New Weather Institute – a co-operative think tank – launched its book ‘People Powered Prosperity’. It sets out a narrative for very local economics, based on local financial and enterprise institutions. It is an important intervention that kickstarts a...

Building healthy communities in an age of austerity

This article looks at the key factors in building a healthy community which includes the ability to access fair finance; for power to reside locally in determining community problems; and for communities to be able to resolve these issues. These factors have become...

Launching Love Your Community

Each of our departments has its own contribution to make – our Research team is providing innovative ways of measuring the impact the voluntary and community sector makes. We are active campaigners and key to the delivery and management of the Community Investment...

How community investment could rebalance the UK’s local economy

The effects of the financial crisis on local communities The shock waves of the financial crisis are still being felt in our local communities. It is estimated that over four million individuals are borrowing from lenders charging interest rates of between 450% and...

What our banks need to do now

We are facing a financial crisis in our communities.  Small businesses and households are finding it increasingly hard to access finance and credit.  This makes them more reliant on expensive forms of finance.  The announcement by Wonga that it is moving into business...