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Friday, June 6th, 2014

Time to Think about Legacy?

Today seems like a good day to think about legacy. It is 6 June 2014, 70 years after the D-Day Landings. Surviving veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, have gathered in Normandy to remember, alongside David Cameron, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and others.

Tonight the BBC will feature a recording of a

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Walk Solihull

It seems as if every aspect of life in Britain is growing its own special day, week or month, to the extent that it could become very irritating. I have no doubt of the imminent announcement of National Trim Yer Toenails Day!

Meanwhile, next week is National Walk to Work Week, part, of course, of May’s

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Striking a Blow on Domestic Violence

The Birmingham Mail has rightly been showered with outrage after it published a controversial column by journalist Maureen Messent which expressed a total lack of sympathy with victims of domestic violence and expounded the view that ‘women who allow themselves to be used as punch bags are often their own worst enemies’.

Read the full article

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Diseconomies of Scale – Cost or Value?

A must read report has been published by Locality, called ‘Saving Money by Doing the Right Thing‘.

It indicates, based on extensive research, that huge sums of public money are missing the mark in the provision of services that fail to meet needs effectively, and illustrates the point with a selection of case studies to complement the

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Rewiring Localities

Solihull’s Full Council has this month debated the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) campaign ‘Rewiring Public Services’. The Council concluded that it favoured the report’s recommendations and endorsed them.

The LGA, which is the representative body for local councils, is advocating a substantial transfer of power and responsibility back from central government to the local decision makers,

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Friday, February 14th, 2014

Commemoration and Celebration

This year is a time for looking back to commemorate and celebrate and to recognise events that have shaped the present.

It is, of course, a century since the onset of the First World War. Such horrendous loss of life that followed is no cause for celebration, but the dogged determination of a generation saved our shores from

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Keeping Them Safe

A combination of some investigations about historic events in childrens’ homes and high profile court cases about other alleged activities of celebrities appear to be dominant in our national news at present. These are serving to remind us of the importance of Safeguarding Children and Young People.

We all have a responsibility in one way or another to be

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

As I Was Saying ……

I make no apology for revisiting the topic of the previous entry here. After all, Anti Slavery Day is still fresh in the memory and the news in the intervening days has done much to keep the topic warm.

Interest in the “blonde-haired, green-eyed, pale-skinned little girl” named Maria, removed by police from a Roma family

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Responding To Change

Seven years ago, when SUSTAiN was set up initially as a consortium of local infrastructure providers, the message was all about how things were going to change in the years ahead. The programme that central government were funding was then called ChangeUp.

Well, most of this has come true and more changes are on the horizon.


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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Getting our priorities right

If the riots and looting in the streets weren’t bad enough, there were two items in my Sunday paper this week that also depressed me.

Firstly there was a front page column explaining that some Councils were planning to use the Localism Bill to ban smoking in parks lest children see adults smoking.

Three things struck me

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