In the context of a bleak national economy and of a government which is avowedly hands-off, it will take all the skill and inventiveness city leaders can muster to navigate a positive path through this delicate territory.
March 2011 - NewStart
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It seems that some have just discovered communities, volunteers and indeed charities as if they were not part of the fabric of society already and that society was just simply broken prior to the coalition.
I believe this community-led approach is what turns a good training provider into one that can successfully transform communities, and where trainees don’t just gain a qualification but actually become work-ready and able to fill skills gaps in the local economy.
I am fearful that it will not capture the public’s imagination in that it may just be seen as another bureaucratic administrative convenience.
For those of us who keep a pinch of salt handy on Budget Day, though, this welcome collection of ‘mays’ and ‘coulds’, which begin to put flesh on the bones of the coalition’s explicit rebalancing act, have to be seen in the context of a set of ‘wills’ that are already serving other rebalancing goals.
What is the purpose of places? For some, the purpose of places is all about an economic story of growth. This is something you can see. Places with purpose support growth. Coincidentally, they are often places of scale. The increments that make up these structures are people, buildings, neighbourhoods, money. The more you add, the bigger it gets, the better the structure. Right?
Ultimately it's about finding the opportunities for outer estates in the fast–changing policy landscape we now find ourselves in.
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