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A new government – new priorities and a new language. TRIF Away Day 8 th July 2010. Voluntary sector - who’s who CLG Eric Pickles (SOS) Andrew Stunell – race, community cohesion, Greg Clarke – Big Society, decentralisation OCS Nick Hurd – Big Society, voluntary sector.

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slide2

Voluntary sector - who’s who

  • CLG
    • Eric Pickles (SOS)
    • Andrew Stunell – race, community cohesion,
    • Greg Clarke – Big Society, decentralisation
  • OCS
    • Nick Hurd – Big Society, voluntary sector
slide3

The Big Society

  • Less money/funding around
  • Shift of power from Westminster to people
  • Encouraging/’nudging’ social action - helping communities to help themselves
  • Focus on community leadership (5000 community organisers)
  • Concentration on deprived areas (Community First)
  • Embed participation, social responsibility in young people
slide4

An environment for small, grassroots groups to flourish

  • Seedcorn funding
  • Making government more accountable (more online data available, petitions
  • Support social enterprise, mutuals, co-operatives and other ‘innovative’ models
  • Less regulation, targets, risk averse culture,
  • Longer term payment by results/outcomes
  • Involve private sector and local businesses (Big Society Bank, endowment)
  • Less regional and national infrastructure
slide5

Opportunities for influence

  • OCS and CLG – department leads
  • Big Society network (Paul Twivy and the new Chair, Martyn Rose)

www.thebigsociety.co.uk/

  • Nat Wei – Government Advisor on the Big Society
  • Government Committee on the Big Society – led by Francis Maude
slide6

Race equality – who’s who

  • Home Office and GEO - Women and Equalities
    • Theresa May
  • GEO
    • Lynne Featherstone - Equalities
  • Conservative Party
    • Baroness Warsi – racial justice
slide7

Race Equality

  • Coalition agreement: “We will promote improved community relations and opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities”
  • Review Prevent
  • Single Equalities Act
  • Review ‘Stop and Search’ form
  • Roll back DNA database - Freedom Bill
  • Reverse the under-representation of ethnic minorities in universities
slide8

Opportunities for influence

  • APPG on race equality – Runnymede
  • Your Freedom website
  • CLG, Equalities Office and EHRC
  • Centre for Social Justice – working group on social cohesion
slide9

Steps for working with a new govt

  • What are your objectives?
  • What policy change do you want to see?
  • Do you want to:
      • Raise awareness
      • Build a coalition
      • Effect a policy or legislative change
slide10

Do your research

  • What are the new government saying about your area of work?
  • Analyse the speeches and find the new rhetoric and concepts
  • Who are the new MPs, Ministers and Lords with an interest in your work? 
  • What are their views/voting history
  • Track parliament’s activity on specific issues
slide11

A new language

In

Voluntary and community sector/civil society

Responsibility

Neighbourhood pride

Implementation

Interested parties

Vulnerable

Local

Social action

Out

Third Sector

Dependency

Neighbourhood renewal

Delivery

Stakeholder

Marginalised

Regional

Partnership

slide12

Options

  • Do nothing
  • Shift emphasis and use more neutral language
  • Adopt concepts that resonate
  • Unpack ideas
slide13

Key questions

  • Are there words/concepts you share
  • Why?
  • Are there concepts they use but you don’t?
  • And if not, why not?
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