Big Society Policy Resource

Big Society –the VSNW Policy Resource
The ‘Big Society’ concept is a growing part of the Coalition Government’s language and thinking.
 
As yet it is not a clearly defined concept except that, very loosely, it speaks of a rolling back of the state and the stepping in of ‘Civil Society’ (defined as third sector plus). In a small way, Big Society offers a platform for engaging with the new Government. If there’s a serious and concerted will to make it happen, it could be a very important context for how we as a sector seek to define ourselves.
 
To help highlight this important debate and draw your attention to how it will affect the third sector we have pulled together a resource to help keep you up to date with the developing issues. For the next few months we will build on this informal resource and you may wish to subscribe or comment.
 
At the moment the site outlines the beginnings and background context of the debate:
  • from its roots in the Conservative Think Tank, The Centre for Social Justice
  • its transformation into a Conservative Party policy (Stronger Society to Control Shift)
  • launch of the Big Society Network and latest news from their Blog
  • to the pre-election open letter to the voluntary sector from Francis Maude and Nick Hurd
  • the formal early outline of the Big Society programme plus launch video
  • early responses from national third sector bodies
  • early thoughts and biography of the new Government advisor on Big Society, Nat Wei
  • latest thoughts, via twitter, of Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society
To find out a bit more, or get involved in the debate, or sign up for updates and simply follow the issues click the link below and go to:

VSNW’s Big Society Policy Resource

Featured News

19 September 2016

New survey looks at joint working between Jobcentres and VCSE organisations

VSNW has conducted a survey of VCSE agencies to understand the strength of relationships between local voluntary sector groups and Jobcentres, particularly where health and work initiatives are involved.

6 September 2016

Support and funding for VCSE Apprenticeships in the North West

Health Education England North West (HEENW) are offering telephone support to VCSE organisations in the North West thinking about taking on an apprentice. 

31 August 2016

Government responds to letter from charities regarding the Lobbying Act

After over forty organisations, including VSNW, Children England, NCVO, and NAVCA, wrote to the Minister for Civil Society to express worries over the effect of the 2014 Lobbying Act on charities' activity, the Government has responded.

11 July 2016

CQC Inspection of Tameside General Hospital

Patients and families who have used the hospitals services in the last 12 months can come to meet Care Quality Commission inspectors on Tuesday 19th July 2016

20 June 2016

EU referendum: Potential implications for the North West

The North West Leaders Board, which comprises of local authority leaders from the region along with other representatives including VSNW Chief Executive Warren Escadale, have issued a report on the implications of leaving the EU for the North West

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