Nat Wei, the Government’s Big Society advisor, has an interesting blog which often highlights good Big Society examples.
“The council doesn’t have all the answers” was one of the closing comments by the council’s deputy leader, Maurice Heaster, during a debate on the Wandsworth Challenge last week.
Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health, came to Wandsworth to launch the public health white paper yesterday.
Wearing various hats I’ve found myself spending a lot of time talking about the Big Society recently (including, if you’ll forgive the name-dropping, with Nat Wei) and one common theme has emerged: failure.
Years ago, as a new councillor, one of the old salts told me that he now couldn’t go anywhere in the country without seeing a housing estate and looking for indications of how many of the houses or flats had been bought or how the estate was managed.
Several weeks ago I posed the question does the council actually hinder people doing the right thing?