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Sharon Palmer Chief Executive 28 th   September 2010 BIG SOCIETY What does and could it mean?
What Is The Big Society? <ul><li>“ The Big Society represents an approach that seeks to give increased power to people to ...
Key objectives <ul><li>To change the relationship between the  </li></ul><ul><li>state and the individual </li></ul><ul><l...
Building Blocks <ul><li>Accountability and transparency  </li></ul><ul><li>: information, right to buy / right to request ...
and <ul><li>Reducing bureacracy and intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging local integrated services </li></ul><ul><li...
Drivers <ul><li>Resources : reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Reform : policy </li></ul><ul><li>Power differentials : shift </li...
Building on what is there  now and what works <ul><li>Power and rights but ….responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>Limited res...
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Introduction to the Big Society Agenda from Sharon Palmer of Regional Action West Midlands

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  1. 1. Sharon Palmer Chief Executive 28 th September 2010 BIG SOCIETY What does and could it mean?
  2. 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>Not a process or a structure : an outcome </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key objectives <ul><li>To change the relationship between the </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>lives… </li></ul><ul><li>To tackle disadvantage… LOCALLY </li></ul>
  4. 4. Building Blocks <ul><li>Accountability and transparency </li></ul><ul><li>: information, right to buy / right to request </li></ul><ul><li>Building activism and local activity </li></ul><ul><li>: 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. 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. 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. 7. Building on what is there now and what works <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 </li></ul><ul><li>marginalised </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and ameliorating risks </li></ul><ul><li>Making, finding and capitalising on opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Big Society already exists in the sector </li></ul>
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