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The growth of secondary, further and higher education, the development of the mass media and the rise of investigative journalism suggest themselves as sources of a greater consciousness of what government was doing in the public's name. The actual experience of what government was doing, especially perhaps in the case of highly visible and totally irreversible changes to the built and natural environments, must have been a major motivation. The consequences of economic decline should not be overlooked either.

An increasing number of such self-help groups emerged to cater for the specific needs of particular sections of the community. The creation of active organised groups to represent particular interests was seen by Allison (1986) as the more hopeful side of that 'age of social fragmentation' which had so concerned him. 36 Citizens, Consumers and Councils The eighties are also, by reaction, the age of the sponsored anything, of the amenity society and neighbourhood watch, of local sports and artistic and charitable activities which overfill the local papers, of pub quiz leagues and school fund-raising committees.

The house building industry reflected this variety as its building stock diversified away from the family semi-detached to embrace the studio apartment, the starter home, the executive house with granny annexe and sheltered housing. The cause of the single parent family had been one of the first of a new wave of self-help and mutual aid groups when the National Council for the Unmarried Mother was relaunched as the National Council for the Single Parent Family. An increasing number of such self-help groups emerged to cater for the specific needs of particular sections of the community.

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