Hosted by Natasha Kaplinksy, Redefining neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity brings to life how changes in processes are needed and how it is vital that spending and investment decisions deliver greater resilience and sustainability to local authorities. The programme also looks at how six years of austerity has driven a change of emphasis in some councils, towards self-sustaining investment and into challenging and sometimes exciting, new territory.
Our neighbourhoods are special places to all of us and a part of our identity and security. At a time when neighbourhood services have seen the hardest hit of all local government spending, the programme looks at what our neighbourhoods need, and how new partnerships are helping redefine and reinforce the future. Redefining neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity explores a future where the local authority becomes the ‘engine room’ for generating income, and providing the frontline services and social care, which ensure the amenity and health of neighbourhood communities.