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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Big Society Conference

Posted by davidburbage on September 18, 2010

Attended and helped facilitate a BigSoc conference yesterday with about 50 Conservative Councillors.

(Lord) Nat Wei was there and gave an introductory talk, and then we explored how local authorities can best move to implement the ideas and thinking behind the concept.

Some notable themes

– top down policies can produce local problems that then can’t be solved locally because the rules are national and probably legislative  (See Windsor Fire Station, blog entries passim . . . )

– voluntary organisations are undervalued by council workers who happen to do the same job

– faith organisations can be ignored as local authorities get scared about religious favoritism

– trying to ‘over-organise’ volunteers can be counter-productive as they simply stop turning up and helping

– health and safety, and the litigious culture of modern UK stops good things happening due to risk-averse attitudes

– so much good stuff goes on which isn’t recognised, celebrated or marketed to others

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