NCVO/TSRC BigSociety EvidenceSeminar David Prout Director General for Communities NCVO 11 October 2010
The Big Society “There are the things you do because it’s your duty.Sometimes unpopular – but you do them because it is in thenational interest. And yes, cutting the deficit falls into thatcamp. But there are the things you do because it’s yourpassion. The things that fire you up in the morning, that driveyou, that you truly believe will make a real difference to thecountry you love. And my great passion is creating the BigSociety.” David Cameron, 19 July “To change forever the way this country is run…breakingapart the old system with a massive transfer of power, fromthe state to citizens, politicians to people, government tosociety. That is the power shift this country needs today…” 2 David Cameron, 6 October
The “Credit Crunch” Real GDP quarterly growth House Prices Source: ONS 3Source: www.thisismoney.co.uk
Deficit reduction is the Coalition’s first priorityThe Emergency Budget published on 22 June set outaction to eliminate the bulk of the structural deficitthrough plans for additional consolidation of £40 billionper year by 2014-15 - including £30 billion of currentspending reductions. 4
Total Government Expenditure in Real Terms (FY 1997/98 – FY 2013/14) Total Government expenditure in real terms 1997-98 to 2013-14 700.0 600.0 500.0 400.0£ billion 300.0 200.0 100.0 0.0 2 3 4 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 -1 -1 -1 –9 –9 –0 –0 –0 –0 –0 –0 –0 –0 –0 –0 –1 –1 11 12 13 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 20 20 20 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 Note: figures for 2010-11 to 2013-14 are forecasted expenditure Uses GDP deflator, 2009/10 as base year 5
The Big Society vision “The Big Society is about a huge culture change where people, in their everyday lives… feel both free and powerful enough to help themselves and their own communities.” David Cameron, 19 July Values PrinciplesFreedom Social ActionFrameworks that What people can dosupport social for each otherresponsibility and civilliberties A Big Society CommunityFairness matched by Big Empowerment How people can helpThose who cannot, wealways help Citizens themselves Public ServiceResponsibility ReformThose who can, do What the state can do for people Methods 8 Decentralisation Transparency Providing Finance
We will not use a “one size fits all” approach to decentralisation Must change happen everywhere?Must the centre specify the approach used? Yes No Universal Bespoke Yes Elected police London Mayor commissioners Permissive Rights No Local Free Schools Enterprise Partnerships 9
The Coalition Programme’s Big Society Actions• reform of the planning system• support the creation and expansion of mutuals, co-operatives,charities and social enterprises, and enable these groups to havemuch greater involvement in the running of public services• give public sector workers a new right to form employee-ownedco-operatives and bid to take over the services they deliver• train a new generation of community organisers and support thecreation of neighbourhood groups across the UK, especially inthe most deprived areas• ensure that the Civil Service supports communities around thecountry. Civil Servants have been working directly with Vanguardareas on “Barrier Busting” – removing obstacles to the BigSociety• introduce National Citizen Service• use funds from dormant bank accounts to establish a ‘BigSociety Bank’, which will provide new finance for neighbourhoodgroups, charities, social enterprises and other non-governmental 10bodies
Impacts on the Voluntary and Community Sector1. Strong commitment to the Big Society2. Strong commitment to greater diversity of supply3. Strong commitment to decentralisation and localism4. Changing the balance of Power5. Reductions in Government Spending 11
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