Councillor Kinzett defends Big Society

SWANSEA'S top Tory has backed his party's Big Society concept and called on more people to volunteer.

And councillor Rene Kinzett said companies had a role to play in this regard and should consider their social as well as corporate responsibilities.

Conservative group leader Mr Kinzett was responding to Swansea-Valley born Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who said among other things that there was a mistrust of motives behind the Big Society.

Asked what the Big Society was, Mr Kinzett replied: "It's about returning responsibilities to communities. It's about saying central Government does not have all the solutions.

"In the past, before the welfare state was created, there were associations, societies and groups of volunteers which created institutions in their communities. They created self-help groups, and ways in which local people could access services. In Swansea, for example, there is a thriving credit union movement, funded by local people."

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