ResPublica has published Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth. The report calls for a more joined-up approach to government policy on welfare, poverty and employment.
Arguing that we need localism that creates work and opportunity, rooting recovery in the communities that are most crying out for it, the report calls for a 'social contract' between residents, local business, service providers and the wider community, which would account for the needs of local labour markets, community networks and social assets.
Ther New Economics Foundation (nef) has published Everyday Insecurity, a critique of how the Government's austerity measures are impacting on some of the most deprived communities in Birmingham and Haringey.
The report looks at:
• How people are experiencing the cumulative impact of welfare reform and public sector cuts in a time of recession;
• What the ‘Big Society’ means for people and communities in the context of this new austerity;
• What alternative strategies might do more to improve people’s quality of life and their access to support and well-being.
The Public Administration Select Committee has published its report on the Big Society. It says that the Big Society project doesn't do enough to help 'the little society': Without a coherent implementation plan, there is confusion over message, whilst smaller charities face barriers in contracting and commissioning policies.
This guide follows the journey from working in the public sector to starting a mutual or social enterprise. It explores every stage of the journey - from planning and setting up a new social enterprise to going live. It provides a checklist of actions at each stage, and features stories of those who have successfully made the transition. It also gives links to other helpful resources and documents.
The Government has published its Open Public Services White Paper. This paper sets out the government’s approach to opening up public services in England to competition by applying five key principles.
Local authorities, DCLG, Welfare reform, Houghton and Big Society
Review and Response
Cllr Stephen Houghton's review into the role of local authorities in tackling worklessness. The report contains a number of recommendations including a requirement for local authorities to undertake worklessness assessments and the freedom to publish Work and Skills Plans. The report argues that integrated work and skills budgets should be made available and a challenge fund established to support deprived areas.
Also attached below is the Government response to the review.
Third sector, Cabinet Office, Strategy, Finance and Big Society
This document sets out the Government’s vision of a "thriving social investment market where social ventures can access the capital they need to grow, allowing them to do more to help build a bigger, stronger society".
This document sets out the government’s vision of a "thriving social investment market where social ventures can access the capital they need to grow, allowing them to do more to help build a bigger, stronger society".