Faced with limited choices when it comes to providing quality, cost-effective public services, commissioners are being pushed into inefficient, centralised services and mega contracts in a bid to answer austerity’s challenges.

But there is a better way: Locality’s Keep it Local campaign calls for locally-commissioned and delivered public services which provide substantially better outcomes and value than standardised, one-size-fits-all services.

Locality’s three Better Services, Stronger Economy guides are aimed at community organisations, councillors and commissioners, providing practical advice on how to tackle the barriers identified in their Keep it Local for Economic Resilience research and create a better local commissioning environment.