Posts tagged with ‘ Big Society ’

Can Big Society Capital succeed?

, 4 April 2013

While the term ‘Big Society’ has faded from political debate, its well-heeled namesake, Big Society Capital, lives on as the last scion of the brand. As a result, there is a great deal riding on its success. It was hoped that Big Society Capital could serve as a catalyst for the nascent social investment...

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Cameron’s Big Society speech: a day for mutual learning?

, 23 May 2011

The Big Society has always been synonymous with David Cameron. He sees the Big Society as his raison d’etre for being Prime Minister and, as we argued in One Year On, he is alone in the cabinet in being comfortable talking about it. Today’s speech reaffirms his commitment and emphasises that it is still...

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Banking on the Big Society

, 15 February 2011

There’s a lot being invested in the Big Society. The banks are dipping into their pockets to help capitalise a ‘Big Society Bank’. The investment community is being invited to support emerging social investment vehicles such as social impact bonds. And individuals are being encouraged to invest in ‘Society ISAs’.

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The end of the beginning for the Big Society

, 27 January 2011

On Monday, the Times led with ‘Big Society in crisis as economy weakens‘. On Tuesday, Sir Stuart Etherington, NCVO chief executive, warned that the Big Society risks being ‘one Big Disappointment‘ if charities aren’t given the funding they need as a new survey revealed that nearly three quarters of supported housing charities face ‘disproportionate’...

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Payment by results in public services

, 26 January 2011

The Government will soon publish a white paper that will set out its direction on delivery of public services.

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Are Social Impact Bonds the answer to the fiscal crisis?

, 20 January 2011

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) have been causing a “frenzy” of interest in Whitehall over the past few months. Hardly surprising given the current fiscal challenge and their apparent ability to attract external investment to our public services.

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Social Impact Bonds: a beginner’s guide

, 20 January 2011

At face value my offer is fantastic news. The more sceptical amongst you might ask how certain is that future payment. For example, if it is only 50% likely then the deal is only break even (ignoring inflation). Any worse than that and you’ll lose money.

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The curse of the decentralising minister

, 18 November 2010

There is no shortage of straight talking about the ambition to turn government on its head and the need for a radical shift in accountability.

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The feeling’s mutual

, 17 November 2010

How do the words ‘mutual’ and ‘co-operative’ make you feel? For many, they conjure up positive feelings of togetherness and community. Everyone loves John Lewis and we can all understand how giving people a direct stake in an organisation they work for, or are served by, is a good idea.

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Business plans shift responsibilities for outcomes away from ministers

, 8 November 2010

David Cameron launched today what he called a “power shift” from Whitehall to individuals and local communities. Behind the 30 to 40 page Business Plans announced by each department lies an attempt to answer a perennial question: how to push through, and sustain, a programme of reform?

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