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"Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise”

I do not suppose many people are aware of the Beacon scheme run by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Anyway, they are for councils showing a light in the darkness, and they have even had a bunfight to celebrate it last night.

Knowing what the Labour party's initiatives are like, it seemed likely, nay certain, that there would be plenty to mock in the list of winners. And I was right.

Of the 44 winners, six won plaudits for 'tackling climate change'. Yes, really. Step forward City of London, Eastleigh Borough Council, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Middlesbrough Council, Woking Borough Council and Worcestershire County Council. I cannot really be bothered to get into an argument about climate change, but I would have thought that all of these authorities would have better things to do with tax payers money. Perhaps a few years ago it would have been called energy efficiency, since I do not suppose that the schemes involved much more than hectoring staff to turn off office lights.

Reducing health inequalities was popular too - six winners. One might note that the Procrustean option would be popular....

South Gloucestershire Council and Leicester City Council won plaudits for 'Improving the outcomes for Children in Car' (sic). At least that is how it shows up in Firefox.

My own dear borough was a winner too - 'Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements'. Explanations on a postcard please.

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Blogger Novlangue said... 10:37 am

Presumably Barking Mad & Daggers have a micro-climate.

L. Jasper(totally innocent)  



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