This report was commissioned by Local Government Improvement and Development to investigate how local authorities and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) can work more productively together to build empowered and cohesive communities. The research took place over a period of four months in 2010, and included interviews, four case studies of local areas and a quantitative survey of local authorities across England. This report serves as a resource for local authority officers seeking to promote cohesion in the context of local government, including key findings and recommendations for how those relationships can be made stronger to increase cohesion-related outcomes.

Community wellbeing Local government & public services

Posted on: 1 July 2010 Authors: Alessandra Buonfino, Geoff Mulgan, Rushanara Ali, Sarah Hewes,


The Young Foundation

The UK’s home for community research and social innovation.

Visit The Young Foundation

Peer Research Network

Driving quality and innovation in peer research. 

Visit our network

Institute for Community Studies

A new kind of research body with people at its heart. 

Visit our research institute

© The Young Foundation 2022