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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?
    • “ The Big Society represents an approach that seeks to give increased power to people to solve problems closer to where they live”
    • A cross-government policy programme which will create a climate that empowers local people and communities
    • An outcome, not a process or a structure.
    • Key objectives:
  • 3. What Is The Big Society
    • To change the relationship between the state and the individual
    • To give control to the individual and the community
    • To change behaviours and values
    • To tackle social problems and improve lives…
    • To tackle disadvantage… LOCALLY
  • 4. Building Blocks
    • Accountability and transparency : information, right to buy / right to request
    • Building activism and local activity : organisers / community first
    • Building citizenship and volunteering
    • 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
  • 5. and
    • Reducing bureacracy and intervention
    • Encouraging local integrated services
    • Co design and co-production
    • Focus on outcomes
    • Focus on front line service delivery
    • Tackle intransigent issues
  • 6. Drivers
    • Resources : reduction
    • Reform : policy
    • Power differentials : shift
    • FOCUS : The individual : The community responsibility
    • participation
  • 7. So What ?
    • Opportunities and Risks
    • Power and rights but ….responsibility?
    • Limited resources ….balance with demand?
    • Ensuring the most disadvantaged do not get lost.
    • Building on what is there now and what works.
    • Understanding and ameliorating risks.
    • Does the Big Society already exist?