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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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A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

  • 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


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

Race equality – who’s who

  • Home Office and GEO - Women and Equalities

    • Theresa May

  • GEO

    • Lynne Featherstone - Equalities

  • Conservative Party

    • Baroness Warsi – racial justice


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

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


A new government new priorities and a new language

Options

  • Do nothing

  • Shift emphasis and use more neutral language

  • Adopt concepts that resonate

  • Unpack ideas


A new government new priorities and a new language

Key questions

  • Are there words/concepts you share

  • Why?

  • Are there concepts they use but you don’t?

  • And if not, why not?