Pushing this a little further, is good practice examples alone going to be enough. Is more hands on support going to be needed in some neighbourhoods if we are not going to have devolution that benefits mainly the ‘sharp elbowed’ middle classes.
And is anyone likely to be willing or able to give any more support?
Good question. I know there are some local authorities which are helping communities in areas which don’t have town or parish councils to get ready to set them up, so that they have a democratically accountable voice at the neighbourhood level and a structure for taking action themselves. That’s happening in more urban areas (as smaller market towns and villages typically already benefit from parish level governance).