Tuesday, 20 September 2011

"Big Society" - How it Works in Hedge End

One reason I am sceptical about the Coalition Government's "Big Society" concept is that an awful lot of charities and social enterprises only keep going with regular inputs of cash from local councils at all levels.  As the Coalition continues to squeeze council funding, councils will have to reduce their support to these voluntary organisations, and in consequence the voluntary sector will be less able to step up and fill the gaps left elsewhere.

For the moment, however, Hedge End Town Council continues to use powers defined in Section 137 of the Local Government Act to support voluntary organisations active in Hedge End and providing a service to the people of Hedge End.

These grants are authorised by the Community and Culture Committee which this month has agreed to assist:
Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Guides
Victim Support
Southampton Shopmobility
Hedge End Street Pastors 


  1. The Town Council has a small budget to sponsor something at the Berry. How the money will be spent is likely to be decided later this month at a dedicated meeting.