What Big Society means for us


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  • A lot of words said but not much substance as yet as to how this is to be achieved
  • simpler for communities to provide homes for local people
    phase out the ring-fencing of grants to local government
    have a greater say over how taxpayers money is spent
    abolish the Comprehensive Area Assessment
    local communities greater control over public health budgets
    plans to allow new providers to enter the state school system
    consider the case for abolishing the remaining Government Offices
    A Bill will be introduced to devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities control over housing and planning decisions. Legislation will be introduced to stop uncompleted plans to create unitary councils.
    Government will propose Parliamentary and political reform to restore trust in democratic institutions and rebalance the relationship between the citizen and the state
  • Already restructure the cabinet office and done away with Public service agreements for government departments.
    The unifying theme to ensure there is still ‘joined up’ government will be the Big Society.
    The spending review has insisted that all government departmental plans should focus on supporting the Big Society and mutualism
  • I had the privilege of listening to a fantastic speaker a couple of years ago – Robert Puttnam – a Harvard processor
    He wrote a book called Bowling Alone in which he charts the demise and revival of the American community.
    He is a very eloquent man (much more so than me!). But in thinking about today, I did have a look at some of the things he says in his book.
    His basic message is that the last century saw an enormous fall in civil engagement and this in turn has had a dramatic impact upon peoples lives in America.
    You may ask why I am telling you about the research of some American academic about what is happening in America at this conference, but actually what Professor Puttnam said was as true for this country as for America.
    I am not going to explain the graph, you probably can’t even see it but what it says is
    On any measure of civic engagement (formal membership of groups to informal social networks to participation in democratic process) levels of participation (or if you like social capital) has fallen sharply in the last two generations.
    There is a strong body of research that an active and thriving voluntary sector keeps a community “happy, healthy and wise” (his words) ie . Has a significant impact upon the quality of peoples lives within that community.
  • Bullets speak for themselves a further example though is the Market Hall.
    The hall that we are sat in is a testament to the shear hard work and determination of both the council and the traders. Severely damaged by fire in May 2004.
    Within five months of the fire a temporary replacement market hall was constructed and opened on a nearby car park. This enable those tenants who wished to continue to trade to have a stall at around 60% of the area of their original.
    Highly commended for an exemplary piece of public art.
  • Future Jobs Fund    Greater Manchester wide
     As of 10.09.10. - 3,590 started on the scheme
    271 started on the scheme
    95 have now completed the scheme
    18 left early
    34 people (30%) have gone onto permanent employment (of which 6 or 5% were apprenticeships)
    2 (2%) have gone onto full time further education
    Tameside was one of 29 local authorities chosen by the Department as a Pilot Site for its Partnerships for Older People Programme.
  • Run through the bullets
    These are just some examples of what our LIA bid included and the work we have done or continue to do however since the Award what has been our approach, and commitment to delivering and support the LIA work.
  • Run through Bullets
    Part of our visit today, I am pleased to be able to share a visit to Park Café. A must see on a visit to Tameside.
  • We always welcome visitors to Tameside, because we are truly proud of the borough, the communities we have and the achievements we have made. Whilst we have so much to show you we have selected a few examples for the visit this afternoon which we think highlights leading practice.
    The programme includes
    Meeting members of Oxford Park and mini tour of the building, meeting St Peters Partnerships and SPY.
    Moving on to visit New Charter Academy
    Meeting members of the Community in Hattersley to hear about how the place is changing and the opportunities residents have.
    Retraining, volunteering and how projects and supports that are in place is making a difference
    and finally some refreshments at our innovative social enterprise Park Café.
    Thank you
  • What Big Society means for us

    1. 1. 1 The ‘Big Society’ What Does It Mean For Us Steven Pleasant Chief Executive Tameside MBC
    2. 2. 2 36%- an attempt to create an idealised version of society that is realistic in some communities but unrealistic in others 25%- an achievable attempt to create a society where people come together to improve life for their communities 25%- part of an ideological drive to shrink the state 9% - a way of justifying public spending cuts 2% - an idea that is not achievable What is your attitude to the Big Society concept?
    3. 3. 3 The Message From David Cameron • Create a Big Society which offers “the potential to completely recast the relationship between people and the State; citizens empowered; individual opportunity extended; communities coming together to make lives better”. • “The time has come for us to think of the voluntary sector as the first sector …..No matter how difficult the problems facing our society, there is none so difficult that someone, somewhere, isn’t already solving it through voluntary action. The question is not whether the sector can do it, but what government can do to help them do more of it.” – David Cameron • “A simplistic retrenchment of the state which assumes that better alternatives to state action will just spring to life unbidden is wrong…. But I see a powerful role for government in helping engineer that shift (from state action to social action)”. David Cameron, November 2009.
    4. 4. 4 Coalition Policies Freedom, Fairness, Responsibility Communities and Local Government (Chapter 4) • …We will promote decentralisation and democratic engagement, and we will end the era of top-down government by giving new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals. Social Action (Chapter 27) • …innovation and enthusiasm of civil society is essential in tackling the social, economic and political challenges that the UK faces today. We will take action to support and encourage social responsibility, volunteering and philanthropy, and make it easier for people to come together to improve their communities and help one another. But • The deficit reduction programme takes precedence over any of the other measures in this agreement, and the speed of implementation of any measures that have a cost to the public finances will depend on decisions to be made in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
    5. 5. 5 Government Progress • Draft Big Society Programme (18th May) • Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan (June 2010) • PSAs gone – Big Society becomes the cross- departmental policy agenda • Spending Review 2010: every departmental plan should focus on ways of supporting Big Society and mutualism
    6. 6. 6 Encourage people to take an active role in their communities • Encourage volunteering • National ‘Big Society Day’ • Encourage charitable giving • National citizens service (for 16 year olds) • Community running of local services and facilities • Community Right to Buy • Community Right to Bid • Big Society Bank • £470 million Capacity Fund
    7. 7. 7 Transfer power from central to local • Greater financial autonomy for local authorities • General power of competence – acting in the best interests of their communities • Abolish regional strategies, RDAs and Regional Government Offices • Abolition of CAA and Audit Commission • Free schools/academies – new providers to enter the state school system • Abolition of PCTs/health commissioning to be given to local GPs • Promise of more support to co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises
    8. 8. 8 Why is a thriving voluntary and community sector important? Generational Trends in Civic Engagement (Education Held Constant) 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 Year of Birth Percentage Voted in Presedential Election Reads Newspaper Daily "Most People Can Be Trusted" Worked on CommunityProject Member of Group Interested in Politics Attends Church Regularly Attends Club Regularly
    9. 9. 9 The research tells us areas with a thriving voluntary and community sector tend to : • Have better outcomes for children and young people • Be safer and cleaner • Be more prosperous • Have better health
    10. 10. 10 Some facts about inequality 7.2 ratio The number of times richer the richest 5th are than the present 5th 3rd The place the UK occupies on the income inequality group league table 40% since 1974 The percentage increase in inequality in this country
    11. 11. 11 Resilience? “The ability of an area to withstand and respond to shocks in the external environment”
    12. 12. 1212 Index of health and social problems •Japan •Sweden Netherlands . •Canada •Spain •Switzerland Italy . •Australia •New Zealand Norway . Finland . •Belgium Denmark . Germany . Austria . France . •Ireland •Greece •UK •Portugal Low High Worse Better •Japan •USA
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    14. 14. 14 1 Elmbridge 315 Walsall 2 St Albans 316 Hartlepool 3 Waverley 317 Ashfield 4 Richmond upon Thames 318 Barrow-in-Furness 5 Mole Valley 319 Redcar and Cleveland 6 Hart 320 City of Kingston upon Hull 7 Horsham 321 Sandwell 8 Surrey 322 Stoke-on-Trent 9 Chiltern 323 Mansfield 10 South Cambridgeshire 324 Middlesbrough Local authority rankings (top and bottom ten)
    15. 15. 15 Resilience in the North West Bottom ten LADs in region (national rankings shown) 296 Wigan 298 Rochdale 299 St Helens 300 Oldham 301 Hyndburn 303 Blackpool 305 Pendle 307 Tameside 314 Burnley 318 Barrow-in Furness
    16. 16. 1616 Tameside Works First Building Economic Resilience • Grant funding to develop employment sites • £200 million transport investment – “conurbation accelerators” • £14 million invested in supporting local businesses • 146 companies already helped, 661registered • 90% invoices for SME paid within 10 days • Tameside Business Family • Tameside Business Summits • Buy with Confidence – nearly 180 businesses accredited • Meet the Buyer/Seller • New pooled apprentice scheme • £250 million school build programme
    17. 17. 1717 Schools for the Future • Partnership with housing provider, local colleges, University and local businesses • 2010 - Record GCSE results and KS2 Results • All 19 secondary schools - £200m BSF build programme • On site with 10 schools • Over £100m spent with local firms • Local apprenticeships • Homeless placements • Student engagement • FJF Placements
    18. 18. 1818 Building Community Resilience • £3 million investment in VCS last year • New Community Chest Fund - £250k • New volunteer strategy – supported by LSP • Future Jobs Fund – 700 new job opportunities • Working Neighbourhoods Fund – supporting 3000 people into work • Opening doors for older people supporting over 2,700 people • Welfare and debt advice - £5.7m p.a in additional benefit take-up
    19. 19. 1919 Building Environmental Resilience eg • Over £10million in refitting homes and businesses • Heatseeker Programme • Britain in Bloom winners 2009– 5 years running • National In Bloom winners 2010 – 1st time
    20. 20. 2020 Building Personal Resilience eg • Adults Service Best Performing in the Country – 3 years running • £250m programme to transform Hattersley – highest residents’ satisfaction of all Neighbourhood Management Pilots • Award winning St Peter’s Partnerships • Pioneering credit unions, in place since 2004 with 2,500 members • Child Poverty Strategy – 15 new children’s centres and early years (total place) pilot area • Routes to Work - Park Café and Caterham Car • Integrated offender management – 40% reduction in offending
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