"We do not have to take our troubles lying down – the most effective way of birthing new life as we all know is standing up!"
- Asking for a pause in the ‘slash and burn’ cuts which fall most heavily on the poorest communities. Giving time for communities to co-design local alternatives, taking the chance to do things a different way. They have got 3 months moratorium to do this.
- Community Right to Buy – this is now in the Localism bill but there is opposition from the Lords and from landowners who see that they may lose out. In Scotland there is a stronger law which has enabled the inhabitants of many of the Western Isles to own the land they live on.
- Community Allowance – to enable people on benefits to do short terms sessional paid work for community organisations without effecting their benefits.
- Community Rights Act. This puts a requirement on banks to be transparent about lending activities in poor communities; where they are found to be wanting it puts a requirement on them to put remedial measures in place ( eg supporting local business, partnership/support for credit unions etc). This law is effective in the US and communties are using it. Steve said: “We think it is a scandal not to have this here.”
- To have a large team of Communtiy Organisers working within communities. They will listen to people, find out what they want and see if they can come together to effect change – often this is about taking down the barriers those in power have put up preventing people helping themselves – positive solutions run on our terms not yours. The Government is up for this.