History is repeating itself in local government. Tory controlled Devon County Council is asking for parish volunteers to fill in the potholes on rural roads, just as they might have done in the 17th Century.
The National Government is cutting the money that comes to local communities from general taxation. Rather than expecting the rich to extract their wealth from Panama, the Tories have decided it is up to ordinary people to help themselves. By 2018 funding for Leicestershire’s libraries, heritage and learning services will reduce by over 30%.
Leicestershire’s new approach to self-help and community support is laid out in a strategy document that really is entitled “Providing Less, Supporting More”.
Leicestershire County Council tell us:
“Working together with communities, local councils, businesses and other partners, we will shape our services to target those most in need, particularly children, families and older people. Our partners will include cultural, health, tourism, social care and learning providers. Most importantly we will seek to strengthen our relationship with local communities so that they play a central role in shaping and providing services in the future.”
The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. I am currently working with the Leicestershire NUM, Coalville Heritage Society and academics from De Montfort University to explore new ways to celebrate Coalville’s mining heritage.
Will Leicestershire County Council work out how to work with communities, businesses and other partners to make the most of Coalville’s amazing resources?
After the destruction of Snibston? Only time will tell.