1161: CSR – what it feels like in a rural Council

This paper has been produced for RuSource by Ivan Annibal of Rose Regeneration, economic development practitioners,

Year of Publication2010

Many rural local authorities had already been reducing their costs by introducing a job freeze, filling any vacant frontline posts with temporary staff, and reducing discretionary activities (e.g. leisure, street cleaning, and park & grounds maintenance). Lincolnshire County Council has been working to identify essential services then they can work out how much additional funding is available to undertake discretionary activities. The challenges will be to retain key staff and ensuring that the proposed engagement of rural communities works. External help could be harnessed for individual tasks without complex contracting arrangements.

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