In the current climate, many communities across the U.K. are facing increased tensions and divisions. This has been caused over the last few years by a variety of factors, including insecurities around Brexit, the implementation of austerity policies, the media’s focus on migrants and refugees, and a tragic series of extremist attacks (Jones et al, 2017). Although austerity is officially over as a policy of central government, in practice, public services almost everywhere are still facing reductions in budgets for front-line services or having to manage on recently reduced resources (LGIU, 2018). Associated with this, funding for the voluntary and community sectors has declined, for both front-line services and for the supporting infrastructure. Public sector grants to community groups and voluntary organisations have been widely replaced by competitive procurement, involving demanding processes for smaller charities and community groups (Select Committee on Charities, 2017).
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