LETTER - ‘Policies, partnerships and people’
It’s ironic at a time when our daily lives are likely to be literally governed by partnership working, this principle is now under threat in Diss, with the possible demise of the local community partnership.
P is a very significant initial in community life, mainly driven by politics, big and small P. Governments, acting for the population, the people, devise policies, which translate, via processes, into projects, after a pilot in a limited number of places.
This principle of a “top down” approach, means that by the time the benefit of these policies reach the people there is a lack of a local paymaster. What better then to adopt a bottom up approach by identifying and addressing the needs of people in a specific place and by working in partnership.
The people of Diss and district may well think that their local partnership organisation is worth preserving but it needs more than one person to make sure it survives.