Assessing the impact of Big Society policy

The third (and final) of Civil Exchange’s annual Big Society Audits finds that the Big Society project to hand power back to the people has largely failed against its own measures. Instead, the country is more divided, with communities having less influence over decisions and receiving less accountable services.

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First reports from Future of Voluntary Services inquiry

The National Coalition for Independent Action has released the first two of sixteen reports from its Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services.

  • ‘The Ideological Context’ gives the general background,
  • and ‘Ordinary Glory – Big Surprise not Big Society’ shows the reach of recent government policy down to the smallest charity.

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Getting young people involved in their communities

A seven-year national campaign, bringing together employers, educators plus voluntary and community groups, aims to double the number of children and young people taking part in social action programmes. Step Up 2 Serve is an independent organisation but will link with government youth social action funding initiatives (see earlier news item).

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Charities powered by small ‘Civic Core’

A new report by the Charities Aid Foundation discovers that nine per cent of people give 66 per cent of the time and money donated to charities in Britain, who they describe as the country’s “Civic Core”, while 24 per cent do little or nothing for charity. The report aims to spark a debate about ways to make Britain a more generous society by showing the big differences in attitudes.

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Influencing the government, and more thoughts on Big Society

From The Guardian ‘Is there any point in charities lobbying under the coalition?‘ – the coalition government may treat charities differently, but the basics of influencing haven’t changed.

On Voluntary Action History Society discussion pages, ‘Big Society and the new austerity’, http://www.vahs.org.uk/2013/09/big-society-and-the-new-austerity/.

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