Support to much-loved community assets should be given priority. Or the legacy of isolation and loneliness will be permanent.
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David Leaf: In Bexley, we will keep on delivering top rated services – while Labour resorts to scaremongering
The test of any Council is how they find a way through sudden and unexpected events. A calm approach is needed.
Here’s both what his team did and how it communicated – deploying the discipline of the second to boost the first.
Picking up litter. Helping out neighbours. Community spirit and voluntary effort will continue long after the pandemic is over.
The number of people who have already pledged their support is amazing, but entirely typical of our community spirit and commitment to helping each other.
In Bexley we don’t lecture people but take a practical approach. It saves millions of pounds a year.
Innovation has meant that our service has increased visitor numbers. 94 per cent of those who use it, rate it as good or very good.
We have reduced the number of councillors by 30 per cent and we froze allowances for nine years running.
Overall, most English voters would rather keep the Union together if it were up to them.
The point here is the electoral trade-off between what could plausibly happen in the capital and the provinces – with Corbyn entering Downing Street in consequence.
Ofsted has judged us “outstanding.” Six years ago it found us “inadequate”. One big achievement is that we are now relying much less on agency staff.
We never forget we are spending our residents’ money. We have delivered new homes and we have kept our borough clean and green.
The capital isn’t a single political entity. Rather, it is still in some ways a Napoleon-of-Notting-Hill-style mass of small towns.
Pundits are expecting a drubbing for the Conservatives in the capital. But some boroughs will buck the trend. I predict unpredictability.
It is a relic of an out-of-date fashion for the big and artificial rather than the small, local and rooted.