The BIG Society Building a Stronger Civil Society. Simon Adams Head of Community Leadership Worcestershire County Council. The Big Society is:. A major change in how we all think About public services About local problems About disadvantage. A huge shift in power & responsibilities.
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Head of Community Leadership
Worcestershire County Council
A major change in how we all think
Astronger civil society
The ‘demand side’-
Stimulating the formation of social capital and support social action to take up and use this power
Decentralisation & transparency
The ‘supply side’, pushing power outwards from the centre to localities, communities, families and people
Culture change to influence peoples daily choices
Giving professionals more freedom & involving new providers eg VS & SE
Neighbourhoods who feel in charge of their own destinies
Must change happen everywhere?
Must the centre specify the approach used?
Elected police commissioners
Burdens, barriers and rights- Remove unnecessary legislation, targets & central prescription- Unlock the potential of communities to take action
Resources and the supply side- Greater local control of resources & budgets- Open up opportunities for new suppliers to provide public services
Transparency and accountability- Ensure citizens have the information they need to make decisions about services and hold providers & representatives to account- Give citizens the power of individual choice, where this is not feasible strengthen collective accountability
Restoring personal and social responsibility: role of citizens and communities
We need to build on what is in place now Community and Voluntary Sector, and Social Enterprise