Published: 4th Mar 2011

Liverpool Council leader Joe Anderson recently wrote to David Cameron announcing his authority’s decision to abandon its ‘vanguard’ status under the Government’s Big Society initiative. Bemoaning the devastation that area-based grant funding cuts and an eye-watering expenditure settlement would wreak upon the city’s voluntary and community sectors, he asked, rhetorically, ‘how can the city council support the Big Society and its aim to help communities do more for themselves when we will have to cut the lifeline to hundreds of… vital and worthwhile groups?’ How, indeed? This got me thinking that the birth of the Big Society may take longer than the government expects. So, when Son and Daughter came home after an ‘enterprise day’ at their Liverpool school – ‘bit of a doss’, Son informed me in advance – I was all ears. When he finally succumbed to the barrage of questioning he needs to progress beyond grunt stage, Son … (To read the full article, subscribe below)