LETTERS - Big society or privatisation?

LOOKING through the localism bill, which introduces the ‘big society’, it is one big con.

It is a back door method of introducing privatisation. The process is, for example, a community group wants to take over a library, leisure centre or park in the best interests of the community.

All they have to do is put in a letter expressing interest to the council. This triggers a procurement process where the facility is put out to tender.

This is where the big companies come in outbid the community group and take over the running of service from the council. The big companies are not interested in running services for the community, only making profits.

This is using community groups as Trojan Horses.

I ask once again, big society or big con?

John Hughes

Unison convenor

Gills Yard, Wakefeld