Here are a few things I’ve come across that I’ve wished I’d had more time to think about (or even do) than I have at the moment.
Just as modernisation is occurring in specific services such as health and education, the community empowerment bill is promising similar modernisation in public engagement. This will create a new “balanced scorecard” for public services that doesn’t just measure public satisfaction, but also measures public involvement.
The debate over social mix continues, which in itself is not a bad thing.
I’m a big believer in community self-provision and citizen focused governance. In general, I think local services will be better and more accountable if local people are involved in their design, oversight and, where possible, delivery. I don’t think everything can be delivered by volunteers, but I think, as local citizens, we have a responsibility to contribute to the community.
The Housing Corporation has looked at the future of social housing and is expecting
* a growth in ethnic diversity
* a decline in the proportion of older people, and
* increases in single person and single parent households
It’s something that struck me about the mayoral elections here in London, especially. The coverage wasn’t Tory vs. Labour, but Boris vs. Ken and this got me wondering if people were voting for individuals of for the parties they represent. Then, if people are voting for individuals, then what is the point in having political parties at all?
Make a small trough from galvanized mesh 50 cm long and 20 cm wide, or choose your own size.
Line trough with garden turf grass side out then fill the trough with compost, and sow with wildflowers meadow mix seeds.
Soon you will have your own wildflower meadow growing