Big Society

Bureaucratic Consequences: Chris Grayling's Book Ban and the Failings of Policy

Rosie Olliver | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rosie Olliver

Chris Grayling doesn't know what's going on. Some might argue that this is true generally, but I'm talking about the "book ban". He didn't mean for it to happen, he didn't intend to deprive prisoners, and he doesn't have a good answer to the criticism that's being levelled at him. And the fuss is part of a wider and even more concerning issue.

Asa Bennett

MP Blasts Coalition's 'Pernicious Lie' To Young People

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics

Coalition ministers have "badly let down" young people looking for other career options like taking an apprenticeship instead of going to university, ...

Is the Big Society Failing the Flood Test?

Zaid al-Rawni | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Zaid al-Rawni

While we can be grateful that we live in a country where the state can mostly respond effectively to environmental disasters, and local communities are remarkably resourceful and resilient, I can't help wondering whether some real needs are being missed... are we are missing a trick as a country if we can't find a way to capitalise on the huge appetite for voluntary action?

Who Will Be Clever Enough to Be Britain's Next Mark Zuckerberg?

John Nickson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
John Nickson

We are suffering from a lack of leadership, something the Victorians had in spades. By failing to give significantly, the new rich are failing to set an example and inspire those who will follow them. Government makes noises about encouraging more philanthropy but most politicians follow focus groups rather offer leadership...

A Good Deed in a World of Austerity

John Nickson | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
John Nickson

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook's founder, is a billionaire twenty times over and you might think he could spare the odd billion. He clearly agrees but what is significant about this donation is that it is the first time that a philanthropist under the age of 30 has made such an enormous gift...

Dear Government: Let's Talk About Reality

Stef Benstead | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

So let's stop living in a theoretical world where Big Society is what happens when a subsection of those with surplus try to help those in need but don't have enough to meet all the need, and let's start living in the real world where the body best placed to be Big Society and to make Big Society work is you.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Vs The Profiteers

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 16 December 2013... 1) ED VS THE PROFITEERS The Labour leader has a big announcement to make today. F...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: IDS, In Deep Shambles

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 9 December... 1) IDS, IN DEEP SHAMBLES In his own semi-shambolic response to the Autumn Statement las...

A Failure of Leadership: Where Are Dave, Ed and Nick (or Russell Brand)

John Nickson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

The 2015 General Election Campaign has begun. In 2010, David Cameron campaigned for The Big Society causing widespread bafflement. Since then, The Big Society has silently shuffled off stage in a fog of embarrassment...

Beyond Beans

Dan Corry | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Food banks are a hot topic at the moment- with an extra resonance because it's Harvest Festival this weekend. The idea that in the midst of plenty, many of our fellow citizens are relying on food hand outs, is an uncomfortable fact for many of us.

Love Thy Community

Kevin Godlington | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Godlington

Communities the length of the country are eroding and people are less and less integrated by allegiance to township or village life. This is what we found first hand when travelling the UK for our recent TV show Construction Squad: Operation Homefront.

It's David Cameron v the Big Society

Nick Lowles | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Lowles

I want greater transparency and a level playing field in politics for everyone involved. But this Bill is an affront to a modern democracy. It is unworkable, politically motivated and, probably, illegal. We must do everything we can to ensure that the little people have a voice and can be heard.

'Young People Lack Grit And Self-Control For Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

Tory minister Nick Hurd has been accused of "blaming young people for failing to get a job" after warning that many had been found to lack the "grit" ...

Bristol: European Green Capital 2015 (Or, How to Win Without Making it Look Like You're Trying)

Alastair Roderick | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

David Cameron is missing a trick. While The Greenest Government Ever and The Big Society have been consigned to the dustbin of history, a quiet revolution has been occurring in the West of England to create the greenest city in the country. This has culminated in Bristol being named European Green Capital for 2015 .

Cameron Calls On Businesses To Help Tackle Problems In Society

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron called on businesses to help solve the country's social problems during an awards dinner at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night. T...

Too Much "Communication" Not Enough Talking

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

Facebook gives us a megaphone to tell our friends what we think, Twitter gives us an avenue to express our opinions, Foursquare tells our friends where we are, Instagram allows us to capture where we are... But this interconnectivity comes at a price. What of the consequences on human interaction?

Britain's Businesses Must Answer the Call of Their Communities

Paul Twivy | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Paul Twivy

Here are some stats from a survey we recently conducted amongst around 1,000 respondents, in conjunction with ResearchBods. Less than one in 10 British people consider the contribution of businesses to their communities as being 'very good' or 'excellent' - 37% feel it is poor, while 54% judge it to be average.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Must Be Confident

John Tizard | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is no doubt that many in the voluntary and community sector are struggling to survive, to secure funding, and to honour their missions.

Rebalancing the Budget

Dan Gregory | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

So George Osborne has lost his treasured AAA rating. We are now heading for record consecutive quarters of stop-start growth. Youth unemployment is at an all-time high. Neither the deficit nor the debt is coming down and there's no money to do anything about it. If we want to spend more we have to borrow more, and even Ed Balls can't be sure we'll end up better off if we do.

A Bigger Society

Jawad Yaqub | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jawad Yaqub

Will the government make something of the Big Society in time to win the elections?

Volunteers Cannot Continue Being Used as Sticking Plasters in the Library Service

Ruth Bond | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Bond

As the demand for volunteers grows, we must look at what can be realistically expected of our volunteers. People volunteer for a wide range of reasons; they might care passionately about a cause, it might be the sense of affirmation that they get, others might volunteer in order to gain new experiences or to meet new people.

Public Education a State Monopoly? No, Prime Minister

Richard Stacy | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Stacy

Is it just me, or does it seem rather strange, not to say inappropriate, to regard the provision of public services as monopolies that need to be broken up? And is it not a logical next step from this idea is to regard government itself as a monopoly that needs to be broken-up?

Why Child Benefit Encapsulates Britain's Class War

Jemma Wayne | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

For many families in that 15%, Child Benefit represents the last visible, tangible thing they receive from the state. If they do not send their children to state school, if they use private healthcare, if they pay for their lawyers, drive a car, own their property, and have never claimed welfare, then this may be the only state benefit they have ever received. And put in these terms, they may well feel entitled to it. Of course, it can be argued that they are privileged not to have to rely on state infrastructure not to have to sit on NHS waiting lists or suffer a post-code lottery education.

'Big Society Is Going Nowhere' Charities Tell Cameron

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Charity leaders have told David Cameron his 'Big Society' idea is going nowhere, with many charities facing crippling spending cuts and reforms coming...

Michael Gove Is Wrong: Mary Seacole Belongs on the School Curriculum

Greg Jenner | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Greg Jenner

If this Coalition government really is trying to instil more civic pride and individual responsibility in the public, then there are few more compelling icons of altruistic endeavour than a woman who traipsed half-way around the world to support those fighting in her name. Was she a saint? Not at all, and she herself struggled at times to deflect racial taunts by trying to distance herself from those with darker skin, so she might better fit in.