– The Big Society: Financially Viable or Not?

Outsourcing public services to the third sector is a central tenet of the government’s Big Society initiative. However, the leaders of several charities have questioned the viability of the agenda as an increasing number of organisations needed to make this happen are likely to be hit by large spending cuts.

Stephen Bubb, the Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) expressed anxiety over what he called the government’s ‘salami-slicing’ approach to public spending cuts that will harm the sector. Mr Bubb went on to say “There are few signs that those involved in making cuts understand the importance of protecting our sector and its vital work in supporting communities”.

Ann Blackmore, the Head of Campaigns and Communications at the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) added “If you are genuine about wanting to transform public services to achieve this Big Society, you need to make sure you don’t knock out the organisations that will help you deliver that”.

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  1. Very interested in your blogs, but as I read them via an RSS reader on my iPhone on public transport, I find it frustrating that you don’t make the full text available via RSS. Sometimes it’s one line, sometimes a paragraph, sometimes only the heading. Please can you make the full text available consistently, as I’m far more likely to read it then. (There will be an option available on the WordPress RSS dashboard).

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