The Big Society
How the Big Society agenda affects the voluntary sector, key milestones in its evolution, and reaction from sector experts. Plus, people working in voluntary organisations and local government give their views on the big society in a survey commissioned by Third Sector and Local Government Chronicle.
Comment & Interviews
Wally Harbert: An open letter to Nick Hurd While big charities get bigger with government money, the big society is languishing. Distributing funds directly to small, local projects is the answer, writes our columnist
Wally Harbert: Why the major players in the sector resent the big society It wasn't launched jointly with them and the government is trying to address a weakness in society that they have ignored, says our guest online columnist
Editorial: Is this bye-bye to the big society? Ministers are scaling down their references to what may have been little more than a political slogan that got completely out of hand, says Stephen Cook
Interview: Paul Boissier The RNLI chief executive tells David Ainsworth that he likes the idea of the big society but his charity's tax bill has gone up and the VAT relief system for charities makes little sense
Interview: John Mohan The deputy director of the Third Sector Research Centre tells John Plummer about its research that challenges some of the thinking behind the big society agenda
Interview: 'The charity world is changing' One year since the government came to power, the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, tells Kaye Wiggins he is sympathetic about cuts but determined to press on with the big society agenda
Editorial: Is the big society a state of mind? Commentators calling for more schemes and specifics may be missing the point, writes Stephen Cook
The evolution of the Big Society
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, the Minister for Civil Society declines to elaborate but says it's 'more important to get behind things like the National Citizen Service'
Report by Rob Macmillan of the Third Sector Research Centre says sector staff see the policy as confusing and 'challenged by day-to-day reality'
Nick Hurd responds to Sir Stephen Bubb's claim that the big society is dead with a letter that lists the government's achievements and says it remains ambitious
In letter to David Cameron, the head of the chief executives body Acevo writes that the government's vision for the sector has lost its way
The Minister for Civil Society has set out the government's flagship objectives in an open letter to the voluntary sector
Programmes and initiatives for the voluntary sector have multiplied since last year's Tory gathering focused on the big society. Kaye Wiggins asks the Minister for Civil Society about his priorities and John Plummer looks at the policy details
Lord Wei leaves the stage after a harsh year in the spotlight
Prime Minister tells launch of the Giving White Paper that stronger communities and relationships make life worth living
Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard says new law is needed to force banks to improve lending and support to charities
Survey by nfpSynergy finds that only 9 per cent think government's flagship policy will do what it claims
It says funding cuts and job losses that will 'cut the lifeline' to voluntary groups
Nick Hurd says the flagship agenda is 'alive and well', despite criticism from members of his own party
Big Society Network co-founder Paul Twivy tells NCVO conference that people struggle to understand the concept
Acevo sets up panel to scrutinise the government's flagship initiative
New Economics Foundation says the voluntary sector faces an impossible task in filling the void left by the state
Fringe events at this year's conference attempted to define the concept of big society
A Charities Aid Foundation survey says only a minority of charities believe the big society is achievable, even with sufficient funding
Government adviser outlines challenges in maiden speech in House of Lords
David Cameron and Nick Clegg unveil proposals for a Big Society Bank and a national citizen service
Conservative leader sets out his vision of a smaller state, complemented by a 'big society'
The Big Society Survey
Results and analysis of people working in voluntary organisations and local government, commissioned by Third Sector and Local Government Chronicle.
Council staff 'more optimistic' overall than those in voluntary sector
A survey by Third Sector and the Local Government Chronicle indicates that people who work in the voluntary sector and local government are not sure what the big society is, but are trying to make sense of it nonetheless. Stephen Cook reports
A round-up of the results from the big society survey commissioned by Third Sector and Local Government Chronicle
A selection of the hundreds of comments made by respondents to the survey
Survey by Third Sector and the Local Government Chronicle finds difference in attitudes to government's flagship idea
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