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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.

The Campaign Company Blog: Time to end the poverty of aspiration over engagement?

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.

Neighbourhoods: Social mix and attachment

The debate over social mix continues, which in itself is not a bad thing.

Citizen burdened governance « Policy and Performance

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.

Neighbourhoods: Who lives in affordable housing?

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

The Coterie of Zombies: Why do We Have Political Parties?

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?

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve: HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW garden projects & crafts for children

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
Good luck

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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