Government urged to do more for community enterprise

Development Trusts Association manifesto calls for a shift in regeneration spending

The Development Trusts Association has published a manifesto calling on the Government to improve investment and support for community enterprise.

The umbrella body, which represents 450 development bodies in local communities, said it wanted to see the Government shift regeneration spending towards community investment, provide access to more assets for community groups and introduce a community allowance that would allow people to receive benefit payments while working for community organisations.

"National and local government deserves praise for much progress in recent years," the DTA manifesto says. "There has been a genuine effort to achieve better targeted funding and improvement to the legal and regulatory framework within which we operate.

"But we are still at the beginning of a journey, and if we are to realise the potential of the community enterprise movement we need government to act."

The DTA also outlined its own priorities for the future at last week's London launch of the manifesto, Transforming Communities for Good, saying it would work towards an effective development trust in every community.

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