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August – Top 200 Civil servants visit Andrew’s Projects
Posted at 12:55pm 21st September, 2010
Over the summer, Andrew hosted a visit from the “Top 200” civil servants to see the amazing developments at the St Paul’s Way Transformational Project and the Bromley-by-Bow Centre.
The aim of the Top 200 “Deprived Neighbourhoods – Big Society project” is to join up activities across public services and enable the Big Society to flourish.
Andrew enjoyed demonstrating how the Big Society might look in practice. He pointed out the many bureaucratic barriers that social entrepreneurs have faced in the past from Government.
We were encouraged to work with the Top 200 team because of their pledge to work with communities to understand how Government needs to respond to and meet remaining challenges and to make the most of opportunities to deliver more integrated public services in the most deprived neighbourhoods.
Andrew, taking part in Lord Darzi's debate on the NHS said: "First, we must return to the fundamental question …… "What is health?" as he commented: "Some 50% of our patients today do not have a biomedical problem: they have a housing, education or employment problem, or they are lonely."