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Peter Lipman's presentation: brief overview of The Big Society

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Big society transition 1

  1. 1. Big Society and other themes <ul><li>Big Society </li></ul><ul><li>Localism </li></ul><ul><li>De-regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility Deal </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Threats/opportunities </li></ul>
  2. 2. Is Steve Bell right?
  3. 3. Big Society – big picture <ul><li>State intervention/regulation meant to promote social cohesion/capital actually corrode it </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary/community sector better placed to improve society than the state, and private sector can help ensure done efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>No rights without responsibility to consider rights of others </li></ul>
  4. 4. Therefore … <ul><li>Abolish nanny state agencies etc </li></ul><ul><li>Find solutions to social breakdown involving third sector and social enterprises partnering local public and private sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Assume private sector will be led by market to being socially minded (and so de-regulate) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Big Society – underlying thinking <ul><li>Danny Kruger, former Cameron advisor “on Fraternity”, Civitas 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Need for balance between Liberty [individual], Equality [state] and Fraternity [social relationships] </li></ul><ul><li>Skewed previously towards focus on liberty, then equality, so now need to bolster fraternity </li></ul>
  6. 6. Big Society – core 3 proposals <ul><li>Public sector reform (“what the state can do for you”) </li></ul><ul><li>Community empowerment (“what we can do for ourselves”) </li></ul><ul><li>Philanthropic action (“what we can do for others”) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Big Society – core 3 rights <ul><li>Right to buy (save) – communities saving local facilities and services threatened with closure </li></ul><ul><li>Right to bid – communities’ right to bid to take over local state-run services </li></ul><ul><li>Right to build – communities’ right to decide on planning issues </li></ul>
  8. 8. Localism <ul><li>Local people should have more/most influence over where they live. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore local authority priorities (planning, funding, service provision) should be set by local people rather than regional or national bodies, and policed by local people through elections, referenda etc </li></ul><ul><li>And consultation, engagement, transparency become crucial </li></ul>
  9. 9. De-regulation <ul><li>Competitive markets and private companies in them know best that consumers want and how to deliver it efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore remove regulation and state funding which impedes competitive forces or constrains private sector innovation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Responsibility Deal <ul><li>Concept developed in Tory pre-manifesto planning </li></ul><ul><li>“ partnership between Government and business that balances proportionate regulation with corporate responsibility” </li></ul><ul><li>first Responsibility Deal addressed producer waste </li></ul><ul><li>second addresses public health problems associated with poor diet, alcohol abuse and lack of exercise </li></ul><ul><li>“ The conclusions reached by the Responsibility Deal working group - chaired by Dave Lewis, Chairman of Unilever UK - will be a key contribution, both to the current debate on improving public health, and for us, as the basis for our future strategy to improve the health of the nation”. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Funding <ul><li>We can’t spend money even if we’d like to, because of the mess we inherited </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore no choice but to cut state back, which is a good thing because it gives the big society a chance to fill the gap and flourish </li></ul>
  12. 12. Threats <ul><li>Locally driven agendas ignore wider societal goals (eg low carbon, energy security) </li></ul><ul><li>Poor engagement/consultation so agendas set by vocal minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of state intervention and funding without real provision for needed projects </li></ul><ul><li>Suffolk county council approach – outsource the universe </li></ul>
  13. 13. Opportunity <ul><li>Potential for motivated, engaged communities to radically re-shape their local infrastructure and services </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Is Steve Bell right?

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