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CIVIC VOICE PRESIDENT GRIFF RHYS JONES LAUNCHES CIVIC MANIFESTO : LOCALISM FOR REAL

Griff Rhys Jones, campaigner and Civic Voice President has claimed that there is a crisis in civic engagement.

Rhys Jones, speaking as he launched the manifesto of the civic movement at its annual convention in Canterbury on Friday 24 October, said “We face a crisis of civic engagement.

This is a symptom of the frustration people feel as power is taken away from communities and they are subject to tokenistic consultation.

We need to give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place and to give communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper”.

Southgate District Civic Trust is one of many civic societies to put forward views that were included in the Civic Manifesto: Localism for Real.

We believe this Manifesto puts power back into the hands of communities.

Groups such as Southgate District Civic Trust have been campaigning to give a greater voice to communities for years. We are glad to see our national body develop this manifesto.

Civic Manifesto: Localism for Real is available to download from the Civic Voice website atwww.civicvoice.org.uk/manifesto.