Big Society

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

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?