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Lo­cal so­lu­tions are the key Re­gen­er­a­tion is of­ten dou­ble­s­peak for choos­ing White­hall ideas from a Trea­sury-ap­proved shop­ping list. Lo­cal so­lu­tions that fit with tra­di­tions, his­tory and cus­tom are more sus­tain­able. I know of a com­mu­nity shop, fit­ted out for £5,000 of pub­lic funds, which has 60 volunteers and (af­ter five years) of­fers hun­dreds of prod­ucts for a vil­lage with no other re­tail out­lets and no pub­lic trans­port. There are many coun­cils where all di­rec­tor-level posts are held by peo­ple liv­ing 20 miles or more from the area. With no skin in the game, the

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