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The Government’s Big Society agenda seeks to take power away from politicians and give it to people. It is closely linked to the localism and public service reform agendas. The Big Society is focused around three core pillars:
- Promoting social action
- Opening up public services
- Localism and community empowerment
Big Society and Tackling Inequalities
Voice4Change England and the Women’s Resource Centre have been commissioned by the Office for Civil Society to provide advice to Government on: the challenges that inequalities present to the Big Society agenda and how to address them; and the opportunities for tackling inequalities that the Big Society agenda offers. Over the next seven months we will be speaking to voluntary and community organisations focused on equality, to find out their experience and views on the Big Society.
We have already…
- Held our Big Society and Equality event in Manchester
- Held our Big Society policy roadshow in Brighton
- Launched our Big society and Inequality Survey
- Launched our Big Unfair Society campaign
- Held a policy roadshow on the Big Society in Leeds with Just West Yorkshire.
- Responded to the Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry into the Big Society (see page 150-152).
- Represented the BME VCS at the Big Society Policy Working Group meetings hosted by the British Red Cross and NCVO.
- Responded to the OCS consultation on Modernising Commissioning.
- Responded to the OCS consultation on Building a Stronger Civil Society
- Submitted a Chapter on BME infrastructure or support organisations in the Big Society to Just West Yorkshire’s book on Big Society, sponsored by Oxfam (to be published in October 2011).