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Skittled out? The collapse and revival of England’s social infrastructure​​

By Dan Gregory

May 2018

“Who owns and controls the places in which social capital is accumulated and formed? Whether bowling alleys, football clubs, churches or digital hangouts, these assets support the flow of social activity, care, fun and friendships.", Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory collects evidence from three Big Local areas – in Southampton, Manchester and Bristol – and asks how our social infrastructure will fare as communities brace for a looming crisis in service provision? Can our civic operating system evolve to meet modern social needs when it is generally held in corporate, rather than community, ownership?

About the author

Dan Gregory has worked for many years on policy and practice, funding and finance, charity and social enterprise. He used to work for the Treasury and the Cabinet Office and has subsequently been working under the banner of Common Capital, locally in the South West, nationally and internationally with Social Enterprise UK, the Social Economy Alliance, NCVO, Co-operatives UK and more.

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Other essays in the series

'The grammar of change: Big Local neighbourhoods in action' - David Boyle

'New seeds beneath the snow?' - Julian Dobson

'Community Spirits' - Stephen Bates

'Designs on the past' - Carey Newson

Local Trust podcast - Skittled out

Pubs, post offices, libraries, children’s centres, banks, community centres and many other spaces people rely to engage with one another and participate in the world around them are being closed at an alarming rate. The latest podcast from Local Trust asks what impact this is having on Sale West and SO18 Big Local areas in particular, with contributions from strategists and thinkers across the country asking what this means now, and in the future.

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