Maude: Waterway reform is ‘Big Society in action’
The Canal and River Trust is assuming control of 2,000 miles of waterways following a landmark 15-year Government grant funding agreement.
The charity will take over the management of canals and rivers in England and Wales from British Waterways and The Waterways Trust, as a part of the Public Bodies Reform programme.
The trust plans to involve communities in the regeneration of local waterways and has unveiled 50 projects that allow people to pledge time or money towards towpath and riverbank development.
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: ‘This is the Big Society in action, and because it’s also the largest single transfer of a public body into the charitable sector, it’s also a major milestone in our programme to reform quangos.’
Sorry patrick I think this is a great idea, get people involved with their areas instead of dictatorial quango,sKENNY PINE, Added: Friday, 13 July 2012 04:15 PM
Sorry Mr Maude it is an event in celebration of not-for-profit organisations. He has a strange interpretation of Cameron's Big Society.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Friday, 13 July 2012 01:53 PM
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