As a councillor it is already difficult to explain to people that you have no direct power over a multitude of organisations, but this will increasingly get worse in the future as I will also have to explain that there is nothing I can do about the local school or health facilities.
April 2011 - NewStart
Apply the grey matter and you’ll find good transport links won’t necessarily cost the earth. It’s all about ‘intelligent mobility’, explains Dave Wright
We need an alternative which local communities can use to leverage funding to create new infrastructure. This is where TIF – tax increment financing – comes in.
If local authorities take their learning from Mr Pickles then VCS groups can expect the cuts with a letter saying ‘you pay your chief executive too much, spend too much on administration and we believe your service does not need to be affected if you make back office savings – so stop whining and get on with it’.
Our experience shows that social media has helped strengthen the bonds between existing community activists, whilst providing a very public forum for their activity.
How far will fairness go in tackling social mobility? It’ll pull up short in the absence of targets and tie-ins, argues Clare Goff
Just as we have a National Grid to collect and distribute electrical power, harnessing and balancing the output of many different sources, I would suggest we need a national grid of community infrastructure
The shift from a more general ‘have your say’ to more emphasis on actually doing things seems to go somewhat against the grain of public opinion.
It is in fact these immediate environments that humans most directly interact with and experience, and it is this place level or human scale that environmentalism has largely ignored.
Without face to face practical support we could be setting new businesses up for an almighty fall, warns Dawn Whiteley