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  • "The lifespan of buzzwords is interesting: they seem to start in the business schools or think tanks, then work their way through top-flight businesses, spiralling slowly downmarket until they come to die in the public sector. By this time they are cliched and naff, and the new hip, words have been freshly minted long before. Perhaps people like Peter Drucker patented words like 'executive' before sprinkling them into the vocabulary of the aspiring conformist, like groundbait in a trout pool. There must be money in it somewhere.
    In local government words like 'empower', 'enable', 'consult', 'deliver' and 'robust', also serve the function of passwords, changed regularly to exclude the uninitiated from the conversation. If you've mastered 'deliver', 'best value' and 'outcomes', but haven't latched on yet to 'hub', it signals that you're a peasant whom they can safely ignore.
    And if you don't even try and play catch-up, but insist on speaking plain English, why on earth would you be worth talking to?"
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CHINGFORD: Closed library could become charity base

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: CHINGFORD: Closed library could become charity base CHINGFORD: Closed library could become charity base

A FORMER library is set to be turned into an office space for charities and voluntary organisations.

Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet is expected to agree tonight (March 20) to use South Chingford Library, which closed last year, as a base for voluntary sector groups.

The “resource hub” in Chingford Mount Road would ease the pressing need for workspace for charities, according to a council report.

There are currently four voluntary sector organisations on a waiting list for accommodation in the north of the borough.

The report said the facility was a priority due to the high concentration of care homes and older people in Chingford.

It adds that the hub could accommodate charities that support older people in their homes.

Under the plan one charity would manage the building and organisations which rent space would meet running costs.

The proposal would also see a hub opened in Russell Road, Leyton, next month.

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