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Far too much debate around local government and big society has focussed on crude caricatures. It’s time to create new outcome focussed relationships and the social sector and local government have to be friends in this endeavour - not foes.
Local government does a special place stewardship job. We risk losing this if the vast majority of services are outsourced. We need to have a greater debate on the risks.
Good policy is never enough, we also need plans. Many of our local economies, will continue to fail or lose their edge, unless we start linking up local economic policy into strategy, considering the wider aspects of place.
For all the talk about big society, small state we need a big awareness about what we could be losing. Many of things we cherish about our community life in Britain is not unbreakabe. It needs to be shielded, grown and nurtured.