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  • Localism regional studies presentation by James Derounian

    1. 1. Big Society Big Deal or Big Deal James Derounian RSA Manchester Principal Lecturer November 3 rd 2011 University of Gloucestershire 11/04/11
    2. 2. Shortcut to Big Society and localism <ul><li>Encouraging communities towards self-determination </li></ul><ul><li>Localism Act should come into force sometime 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed guidelines follow…2012/13! </li></ul>11/04/11
    3. 3. Longcut to Big Society and localism <ul><li>“ People...in their neighbourhoods...feel both free </li></ul><ul><li>and powerful enough to help themselves and their own </li></ul><ul><li>Communities....” </li></ul><ul><li>[David Cameron, July 2010] </li></ul>11/04/11
    4. 4. To engage or not to engage? <ul><li>Spectator or player? </li></ul><ul><li>Localism currently = only game in town </li></ul><ul><li>Eradicating poverty…and immediate need </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Community primacy – 1 st & foremost </li></ul><ul><li>Guarded optimism…or optimistic caution? </li></ul>11/04/11
    5. 5. What exactly is on offer? Part I <ul><li>Community approval/veto (local?) council tax rises via referenda </li></ul><ul><li>Local councils etc right to challenge : express interest in running local authority services </li></ul><ul><li>Community right to bid for a local asset when it comes available </li></ul><ul><li>Local council listing of assets for protection and purchase </li></ul>11/04/11
    6. 6. What exactly is on offer? Part II <ul><li>General Power of Competence – free to do anything legal! </li></ul><ul><li>Community Infrastructure Levy : money to places where development occurs </li></ul><ul><li>Local council led Neighbourhood Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Right to build without planning permission, given 50% support from voters </li></ul>11/04/11
    7. 7. Making localism truly local <ul><li>Community right to support – local council finances initiatives serving community / addressing needs </li></ul><ul><li>Community right to plan – ‘Russian Doll’ - CLP + Neighbourhood Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Community right to combine forces – </li></ul><ul><li>Local Council with Community Trust as ‘executive’ arm </li></ul><ul><li>Community right to cluster - market town & hinterland parishes as viable, sustainable unit for action </li></ul>11/04/11
    8. 8. Right Reverend Host: &quot;I’m afraid you’ve got a bad Egg, Mr. Jones!” The Curate: &quot;Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!&quot; 11/04/11
    9. 9. The bad and the ugly? <ul><li>“ for he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath” (Mark’s Gospel) </li></ul><ul><li>“ 501 cuts reported…worth £76,923,792 ” (Voluntary Sector cuts online) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Organisers: 4,500 part-time volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>500 full time senior organisers – paid for 1 year </li></ul><ul><li>“ The job of the organizer is to maneuver & bait the establishment” </li></ul><ul><li>(Alinsky, 1989: 100) </li></ul><ul><li>Big Society house is being constructed whilst - simultaneously - the foundations are undermined by cuts. </li></ul>11/04/11
    10. 10. The struggle for power <ul><li>Central Government </li></ul><ul><li>Principal authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Local councils </li></ul><ul><li>Community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communities, & their local councils, need to take power to boost self-determination </li></ul>11/04/11
    11. 11. The curate’s egg – evidence from Glos. <ul><li>75% of respondents : “spending cuts are undermining the Big Society and only half feel able to compete for public service contracts” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Over 90% feel that the cuts are disproportionately affecting disadvantaged communities” </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Is Big Society achievable ? 56% “unsure” </li></ul><ul><li>Third sector suffering “reduction of a fifth in their income” 2011. Struggle to maximise revenue, reduce costs, save services, & sustain activity </li></ul><ul><li>Source : Jason Dunsford (2011) The Big Society in Gloucestershire in the Context of Public Sector Cuts , undergraduate dissertation </li></ul>11/04/11
    12. 12. Rallying cry for local councils <ul><li>“ There can be no localism without local government...are we the innovators, the grassroots representatives....?” </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Chater, NALC Chair, 9.7.2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Portillo (SLCC, 2010): It is up to us “to write the blank pages” of the Big Society </li></ul><ul><li>Local Councils: 1894 – 2011 RIP? </li></ul><ul><li>Local leaders – if not the Local Council then who? RSVP </li></ul>11/04/11
    13. 13. References <ul><li>Alinsky, SD (1989) RULES FOR RADICALS , New York: Vintage Books </li></ul><ul><li>Cameron, D (2010) Big Society Speech available at http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/speeches-and-transcripts/2010/07/big-society-speech-53572 [accessed online 6.9.2011] </li></ul><ul><li>Chater, M (2010) NALC Chair, speech 9.7.2010, London </li></ul><ul><li>Derounian, J (2011) How localism can kick start local action Guardian Voluntary Sector network 13.7.2011 available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/voluntary-sector-network/2011/jul/13/localism-action-communities-rights / [accessed online 6.9.2011] </li></ul><ul><li>Dunsford, J (2011) The Big Society in Gloucestershire in the Context of Public Sector Cuts , undergraduate dissertation, Cheltenham: University of Gloucestershire </li></ul><ul><li>Portillo, M (2010) speech to Society of Local Council Clerks </li></ul><ul><li>Punch cartoon dated 9.11.1895 http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/163300.html [accessed online 6.9.2011] </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary Sector cuts (online) available at http://voluntarysectorcuts.org.uk/ [accessed online 6.9.2011] </li></ul>11/04/11