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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

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