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Introduction to the Big Society Agenda from Sharon Palmer of Regional Action West Midlands

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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?
      • “ 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
      • Not a process or a structure : an outcome
    • Key objectives
      • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Drivers
      • Resources : reduction
      • Reform : policy
      • Power differentials : shift
      • FOCUS : The individual : The community responsibility
      • participation
    • Building on what is there now and what works
      • Power and rights but ….responsibility?
      • Limited resources ….balance with demand?
      • Ensuring the most disadvantaged do not get
      • marginalised
      • Understanding and ameliorating risks
      • Making, finding and capitalising on opportunities
      • Big Society already exists in the sector