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Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
Big society transition 1
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Peter Lipman's presentation: brief overview of The Big Society

Peter Lipman's presentation: brief overview of The Big Society

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  • 1. Big Society and other themes
    • Big Society
    • Localism
    • De-regulation
    • Responsibility Deal
    • Funding
    • Threats/opportunities
  • 2. Is Steve Bell right?
  • 3. Big Society – big picture
    • State intervention/regulation meant to promote social cohesion/capital actually corrode it
    • Voluntary/community sector better placed to improve society than the state, and private sector can help ensure done efficiently
    • No rights without responsibility to consider rights of others
  • 4. Therefore …
    • Abolish nanny state agencies etc
    • Find solutions to social breakdown involving third sector and social enterprises partnering local public and private sectors
    • Assume private sector will be led by market to being socially minded (and so de-regulate)
  • 5. Big Society – underlying thinking
    • Danny Kruger, former Cameron advisor “on Fraternity”, Civitas 2007
    • Need for balance between Liberty [individual], Equality [state] and Fraternity [social relationships]
    • Skewed previously towards focus on liberty, then equality, so now need to bolster fraternity
  • 6. Big Society – core 3 proposals
    • Public sector reform (“what the state can do for you”)
    • Community empowerment (“what we can do for ourselves”)
    • Philanthropic action (“what we can do for others”)
  • 7. Big Society – core 3 rights
    • Right to buy (save) – communities saving local facilities and services threatened with closure
    • Right to bid – communities’ right to bid to take over local state-run services
    • Right to build – communities’ right to decide on planning issues
  • 8. Localism
    • Local people should have more/most influence over where they live.
    • Therefore local authority priorities (planning, funding, service provision) should be set by local people rather than regional or national bodies, and policed by local people through elections, referenda etc
    • And consultation, engagement, transparency become crucial
  • 9. De-regulation
    • Competitive markets and private companies in them know best that consumers want and how to deliver it efficiently
    • Therefore remove regulation and state funding which impedes competitive forces or constrains private sector innovation
  • 10. Responsibility Deal
    • Concept developed in Tory pre-manifesto planning
    • “ partnership between Government and business that balances proportionate regulation with corporate responsibility”
    • first Responsibility Deal addressed producer waste
    • second addresses public health problems associated with poor diet, alcohol abuse and lack of exercise
    • “ The conclusions reached by the Responsibility Deal working group - chaired by Dave Lewis, Chairman of Unilever UK - will be a key contribution, both to the current debate on improving public health, and for us, as the basis for our future strategy to improve the health of the nation”.
  • 11. Funding
    • We can’t spend money even if we’d like to, because of the mess we inherited
    • Therefore no choice but to cut state back, which is a good thing because it gives the big society a chance to fill the gap and flourish
  • 12. Threats
    • Locally driven agendas ignore wider societal goals (eg low carbon, energy security)
    • Poor engagement/consultation so agendas set by vocal minorities
    • Removal of state intervention and funding without real provision for needed projects
    • Suffolk county council approach – outsource the universe
  • 13. Opportunity
    • Potential for motivated, engaged communities to radically re-shape their local infrastructure and services
    • ?
  • 14. Is Steve Bell right?