The Big Society agenda is a key priority for the government. Aspiring to reshape relationships between the citizen and the state, it has already altered the policy landscape. Voluntary and community sector (VCS) and social enterprise organisations are crucial intermediaries between the state and local communities. But many face a difficult future as public sector spending cuts start to bite.
Identifying four tests of fairness - access to resources, 'losers', power distribution and accountability - the report makes a number of recommendations in response to the Big Society agenda, highlighting the importance of community organisers and public sector procurement, clarifying the role of the 'civic service' and the Big Society Bank, and promoting seedcorn grants and matched giving to support enterprise and VCS activities.
Social housing need of the hour amid homelessness crisisAt a time when the social housing waitlist is weighed down with hundreds of thousands of people, the Scottish government has planned to reduce approximately £200 million in investment in social housebuilding. This could be disastrous and…
Health leaders, charities, experts and campaigners urge Chancellor to take action on ‘concerning’ state of UK health to deliver prosperity at Spring BudgetLeading health voices have written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to urge him to deliver a bold strategy to transform UK health and deliver nationwide prosperity.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.