December 14, 2010 at 9:28 am 1 comment

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So, political buffoon and Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles (or should that be Pickled?!) has launched the Localism Bill as part of David Cameron’s push for Big Society, at the same time as decimating the funding of local authorities as part of the so-called austerity cuts.

Now, at first sight, moving power from an unwieldy and out of touch central government to local authorities, councils and communities must be a good thing. Mustn’t it? To give communities the option of taking over public buildings. To allow the people directly affected by planning decisions to have a real say in their outcome. To allow communities to take over failing services and to veto increases in council tax…….

No, no, no, no, no! It is a recipe for chaos and, rather than bringing communities together and to empower the little people, it may prove divisive. It is an excuse for every NIMBYist to wreak havoc. It is an excuse for neighbours who are in conflict to formalise their dispute be it over a leylandii hedge, a conservatory, or a brick-built shed. Which community will ever vote in favour of a council tax increase? And, as much as I respect the true voluntary sector which is professional to the core, the thought of my local Parish Council or, heaven forbid, the people who run the local village hall, taking over failing but essential local services leaves me cold.

It also feels as though the coalition government is trying to outsource all of its problems – a tactic that is doomed for failure. So, they push debts and reduced budgets to the local authorities, make a bunch of local civil servants redundant and the expect the voluntary sector and local people to step up and fill the void. Sounds like a plan. I think not.


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  • 1. ianrobo  |  December 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    This is totally doomed because for those of us in areas of Walsall like Pheasey there simply is not the time nor the people to carry on for free the public services

    the more tory areas like Streetly frankly have plenty of people at home willing to do this

    we have to work you know !



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