Debating the Big Society and the role of the sector

The front page of The Times recently had the headline ‘The Big Society is dead, charities tell Cameron’, referring to a letter to the Prime Minister from Stephen Bubb of charity chief executives body ACEVO. The letter says that the government “has lost its way, and now lacks a clear narrative on the role of charities in the economy and society” – full text on ACEVO website at http://www.acevo.org.uk/letter-to-pm-jan-2013. Third Force News covers this and the connected government mid-term review.

On the other hand, New Philanthropy Capital asks ‘Is the big society really dead?’, given that public sector reductions means that communities will need to do more and “Community empowerment is changing from a ‘nice to have’ to an absolute necessity”, http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/is-the-big-society-really-dead/.

And a Voluntary Action History Society article asks whether recent academic books examining the ideas of a ‘Big Society’ have missed the boat, http://www.vahs.org.uk/2013/01/echoes-of-the-big-society/.

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