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Yet we suspect Neet rates will worsen. As public sector cuts begin to bite, services for Neets will be affected. The third sector is often already strained. The labour market is also weak, and there’s evidence that the recovery is being led by London and the southeast, and there are simply fewer new jobs being created in other parts of the country.
The fuel poor tend to underheat their homes. This is a critical issue in meeting the Green Deal’s ‘Golden Rule’… If a fuel-poor home uses significantly less heating fuel than predicted, it will be virtually impossible to meet the Golden Rule and the household will be worse off.
There are a number of joined up approaches to real local sustainability developing around the country… but it’s still complex, and some issues will take 20 years rather than the five-year span of an elected government.
All of this could mean that the transference of power away from institutions of local government towards organisations with a less prescribed relationship with the local community could lead to a more frustrating relationship for local people.
So, the logic of removing assets and resources that are perceived to no longer work creates a problem: what replaces these structures if our desire is a society where the mosaics of how we live our lives, at different points in our life, with different resources, link together?
Bring & Fix is an intergenerational fair that brings together local people of different ages under one roof to share their skills and knowledge.
So as we look forward to a new era of corporate social responsibility, of social innovation entering the mainstream and of people power forging through real change, let’s not forget the importance of those small interventions and experiences of change that help pave the way there.
CSR and social enterprise are destined to marry and, in time, it will become an equal partnership. The corporate groom will be well resourced and adaptable. The third sector bride compassionate and able to steer her husband’s endeavours to where they can truly blend social impact with commercial strength.
The government doesn’t have an easy road ahead, but, it must use the LGRR to make the difficult decisions for growth. Policymakers should avoid overcomplicating the reforms and should not be afraid to be bold.