What is the “Big Society” An approach that seeks to give people increased power to solve problems closer to where they live. A cross-government policy which will impact on every department.
Give communities more powers
Encourage people to take an active role in their communities
Transfer power from central to local government
Support co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises
Publish government data
Three distinct but related strands: Philanthropic action: what can we do for others? Public sector reform: what the state can do for us Community empowerment: what we can do for ourselves
Philanthropic action: Incentivising more social investment and philanthropy Big Society Bank
Community Empowerment: What Communities can do to help themselves Every citizen belonging to a neighbourhood group Making it easier for communities to come together Presenting social action as a social norm Reducing bureaucratic burden on VCS
Community First neighbourhood grant fund in 100 most deprived areas Promoting social enterprises National Citizen Service Big Society Day Community Organisers – focus on delivering public services
Four vanguard pilots: Royal Borough of Windsor Sutton and Cheam Eden Liverpool
Localism Bill published 13th December: Makes the case for decentralisation Sets out a range of measures Government has expressed a wish to go beyond these initial measures in the future
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State: The Localism Bill “ lays foundations for the Big Society”
Localism Bill A focus on individuals and communities – what communities can do to help themselves: Community Right to Challenge Community Right to Buy Planning Reforms
Regional Government Referendums Performance Management
Opportunities for Community and Voluntary sector organisations: To influence to ensure local services reflect local needs To run services.
The Bill also presents some significant challenges for the Sector
Evidence of the Big Society as a cross-government initiative: Health White Paper Policing White Paper Welfare White Paper
What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats presented by the Big Society to your organisation and to Ethnic Minority groups and organisations generally?