The Big Society

The Big Society

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This report, which builds on previous reports by PASC, warns that the Big Society project is hampered by the lack of a clear implementation plan, leading to public confusion about the policy agenda, eighteen months into this administration. PASC has yet to see how the government will engage these charities and voluntary groups who wish to do so to deliver public services: the 'little society' rather than big business and 'Tesco' charities. Government must address the barriers such bodies experience in the contracting and commissioning system, which means developing a plan to address roles, tasks, responsibilities and skills in Whitehall departments. PASC concludes there are two major practical steps Government must take. Firstly they must create a single Big Society Minister, who has a cross-cutting brief, to help other Ministers to drive through this agenda once they begin reporting progress against the aims of Open Public Services White Paper, from April 2012. Secondly they need to implement an impact assessment, to be applied to every Government policy, statutory instrument, and new Bill, which answers the simple question: qwhat substantively will this do to build social capital, people power, and social entrepreneurs?q PASC says early examples in practice like the Work Programme have left service providers such as the charitable sector - who would play a major role in the Big Society - with serious reservations. The danger is that big contractors and the largest charities continue to dominate at the expense of small and local providers. EU contracting rules need to be revised and smaller providers should be consulted on the legislative and bureaucratic barriers. There needs to be a cultural shift in Whitehall departments... Community Links (BS 51) MEND (BS 52) Locality (BS 53) Cancer Research UK (BS 55) North West Environment Link ... (BS 59) Basis Project (BS 60) NESTA (BS 61) lpsos Mori (BS 62) Keep Britain Tidy (BS 63) Charity Finance Directorsanbsp;...

Title:The Big Society
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-12-14

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