Big Society

'Big Society' Scheme Boosts University Places For Poorest By 50%, Says Lord Blunkett

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics

A national skills programme has boosted the number of young people from the poorest backgrounds going to university by 50%, new analysis shows. The Na...

A Shared Society Has To Offer Hope, Opportunity And Social Justice Not Fear, Inequality And Austerity

John Tizard | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is no value in sharing austerity, inequality and hardship. Hope, opportunity and fairness have to be core to a "Shared Society". Theresa May has to turn her rhetoric into tangible policy and funding or else it could follow the "Third Way" and "Big Society" into a pile of cynical trash. Let's see what happens.

Community Social Action Can Build A Great Movement For The Better

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Last week, I completed six years as a trustee and board member of navca - the National Association for Voluntary Community Action. During this time ...

Why millennials are providing the tipping point for Impact Investment

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

Investors are increasingly asking themselves, then, an additional question. Not just the questions of risk and return; but that of risk, return and impact. As this change accelerates its potential scale can be truly transformative in terms of our ability to address some of the world's most intractable global challenges. We all need to ensure that we create the right environment for this to happen.

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

Parkrunners! Unite and Take Over

Sam Larcombe | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Sam Larcombe

I am slightly stunned that this council has voted this plan through but I feel this is a small example of the country's problems at large. Just as this council seek to sacrifice a genuine force for good at the alter of finance, the Prime Minister sought to cut disabilities benefits with one hand and take tax free gifts with the other...

The Once In A Lifetime Floods That Keep On Happening

Michele Howarth Rashman | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Michele Howarth Rashman

It's an odd experience, finding yourself in the middle of a drama that's also being played out in the mainstream media.  Especially when that coverage has such little connect with how it felt living it on the ground.

The 'Big Society' Manifesto Gap? A Call for Leadership

David Robinson | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
David Robinson

Can it really be just 5 years ago that David Cameron was inviting us all to "join the government of Britain"?

What Happened to David Cameron's 'Big Society'?

Caroline Slocock | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Slocock

David Cameron, launching the initiative in 2010, said "Today is the start of a deep, serious reform agenda to take power away from politicians and give it to people.' Today, references to the Big Society have been largely erased from the Government's website. The Prime Minister no longer talks about his big idea...

It's Our Economy, Stupid

Dan Gregory | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

Something's happening. But our political elite haven't quite grasped it yet. The SNP surge, the rise of UKIP and the Greens, calls for devolution for English cities and a luvvie-wuvvie-lution from Russell Brand have left the established Westminster parties confused. How can they respond to such diverse social critiques? It's difficult to fight off attacks from all angles...

Dave Really Would Not Like What His Ex-Big Society Guru Has To Say...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics

The Tories have "abandoned" David Cameron's flagship Big Society agenda and lurched right-wards, according to the guru who helped inspire the project....

Cameron's Big Society Investigated Over ‘Cronyism' Claims

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics

A regulator is investigating the awarding and use of taxpayer-funded grants by the charity set up to lead the Prime Minister's Big Society initiative ...

Charity Trustees Should Focus on Mission Not Their Comfort

John Tizard | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Being a charity trustee in the current political and economic environment does not always feel comfortable. There are many reasons for this. Large or small, local or national - charities are facing common problems of reduced income and, if they are charities concerned with social issues, often increased demand for their services

Canadian-style 'Safe Houses' Can Slash Youth Violence

Andrew Boff | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

We rarely hear the Prime Minister or members of his government talk about the "Big Society" nowadays. The idea behind it was simple. It is in most cases always better to get government out of the way of individuals, and to encourage the voluntary sector and local people to take a lead in improving their communities...

NVCO Manifesto 2015 - A Bigger Difference - Charities Have to Be Bold Campaigners

John Tizard | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

NCVO could have drawn attention to the problems that contracting based on payment by results and the Work Programme style prime-subcontractor model create for charities; and in the case of the Work Programme how it has failed the unemployed and tax payer too.

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

Rosie Olliver | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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 | 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.