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Big Society introduction


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

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

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  • 1. Sharon Palmer Chief Executive 28 th September 2010 BIG SOCIETY What does and could it mean?
  • 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
    • Not a process or a structure : an outcome
  • 3. 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
  • 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. 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