Cleaner, Safer, Greener
I am speaking today at a conference of local authorities and partners involved in the drive to maximise the impact of local initiatives for improving ‘liveability'.
The drive to 'get local' was started not after the 2005 General Election, but in April 2001 when the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of making communities clean, safe and green if we are to avoid the warning of JK Galbraith that we are to live with private affluence and public squalor.
The push to improve local environments goes to the heart of the drive for citizen empowerment: nothing gets people more heated than a poor local environment, and few things are as likely to motivate them to action. That is why the engagement of local authorities in this agenda is so important.
posted on 13 March 2006 13:00
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