Letchworth MP to be quizzed on Big Society policy

AN MP will be quizzed by the public about the government’s Big Society policy next week.

North East Hertfordshire MP Oliver Heald will be talking about the concept - where communities feel empowered to solve problems in their neighbourhood - and what it means to Letchworth GC on Thursday, October 13.

The evening, organised by environmental action group Transition Town Letchworth (TTL) and David’s Bookshop, will start with the MP for Letchworth GC addressing the audience on the subject, before a question and answer session.

Joanna Jefferson, TTL committee member and event organiser, said: “Letchworth GC has a strong history of social action and we already have a lot of volunteers within our community. Big Society appears to be the backbone of many of the coalition government’s policies, yet many of us feel we haven’t had an adequate explanation of how it will work.

“Transition Town Letchworth has a vision for a thriving, sustainable Letchworth and we need to work with public organisations to achieve that. We thought that other local voluntary groups would have the same questions about Big Society that we have.


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“We need an explanation as to how – and if – this idea will work. We need an open discussion about it and the opportunity to have our questions answered. There is no one better to provide that than our MP.”

The talk takes place at Letchworth Arts Centre in The Arcade, Letchworth GC, with doors opening at 7.45pm.

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Tickets, available at David’s Bookshop, in Eastcheap, and Letchworth Arts Centre, cost �3 each.

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