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  • 1. BIG SOCIETY –what does it mean to you? Helga Edstrom Economic and Social Inclusion GOWM 14 th September 2010
  • 2. What Is The Big Society? <ul><li>“ The Big Society represents an approach that seeks to give increased power to people to solve problems closer to where they live” </li></ul><ul><li>A cross-government policy programme which will create a climate that empowers local people and communities </li></ul><ul><li>An outcome, not a process or a structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Key objectives: </li></ul>
  • 3. What Is The Big Society <ul><li>To change the relationship between the state and the individual </li></ul><ul><li>To give control to the individual and the community </li></ul><ul><li>To change behaviours and values </li></ul><ul><li>To tackle social problems and improve lives… </li></ul><ul><li>To tackle disadvantage… LOCALLY </li></ul>
  • 4. Building Blocks <ul><li>Accountability and transparency : information, right to buy / right to request </li></ul><ul><li>Building activism and local activity : organisers / community first </li></ul><ul><li>Building citizenship and volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the role of the community and the voluntary sectors service provision and delivery : commissioning, Big Society Bank, Social Investment Bonds, co-ops and mutuals, Community Housing Trusts, community enterprise </li></ul>
  • 5. and <ul><li>Reducing bureacracy and intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging local integrated services </li></ul><ul><li>Co design and co-production </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on front line service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Tackle intransigent issues </li></ul>
  • 6. Drivers <ul><li>Resources : reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Reform : policy </li></ul><ul><li>Power differentials : shift </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS : The individual : The community responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>participation </li></ul>
  • 7. So What ? <ul><li>Opportunities and Risks </li></ul><ul><li>Power and rights but ….responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>Limited resources ….balance with demand? </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring the most disadvantaged do not get lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Building on what is there now and what works. </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and ameliorating risks. </li></ul><ul><li>Does the Big Society already exist? </li></ul>

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