Councils are providing alternatives to the ‘Big Six’.
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‘All those things are held by the mayor of Manchester, so why do we have to have second best in Yorkshire?’
‘There are literally thousands of voices out there and those that are designing services to deliver need to switch this machine on’.
The VCS usually have greater access to the most marginalised members of their communities than that of the public or private sectors.
Relationships and innovation are the future of local public services
‘We are kidding the British public. We are not talking about the size of the state we can afford and what people are willing to pay for.’
The wrong-headed and patronising assumption that people living in poverty are hopelessly dependent on the imaginary largesse of the state and have no resourcefulness of their own.
Why town and parish councils are the ‘closest tier of local government to communities’.
Two councils vote against taking plans to next stage.
‘We are not attempting to micro-manage local development,’ claims communities secretary.