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  • The Big SocietyWorkshop: 18th January 2011
  • 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.
  • Five commitments:
    • 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?