A new sense of community
Community educators ought to be cheered by that thought as they read the generalities in which the working party's recommendations are framed. A detailed circular to local authorities is promised. Its significance will be judged by how close it comes to making community education a statutory responsibility.
The demand that councils prepare community learning plans should go a long way to building protection for classes and services on the ground. The aims pursued in the new report - personal betterment through education and an attack on deprivation - have a long history. So has the poor take-up of opportunities, especially by men with no qualifications from schooldays.
Assured funding, not least for half-closed libraries, is a prerequisite of progress.