Prioritise community wealth say councils


Councils should focus on policies that strengthen and protect the health, wealth and wellbeing of local communities as they attempt to recover from the pandemic, a new report says.

A poll of 1,700 organisations and individuals by Arcadis, found that more than 60% of local government respondents agreed that a focus on 'community wealth building' would help to revitalise town centres.

Arcadis' poll, published in their report Our Shared Recovery: Solutions for Stronger Communities, revealed that local authority leaders saw investment in active travel schemes that support walking and cycling, as well as measures to increase public transport capacity, as some of the most achievable short-term goals.

Amongst the general public, the polling showed that investment in green transport and home energy efficiency measures to tackle climate change ranked among the top priorities for local spending overall.

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