Bigger society


Letter to the Telegraph

 

SIR – We are concerned about criticisms of civil society from politicians and commentators in debating “the Big Society”. Some have said “there is no such thing”, that “there is little appetite” for greater citizen involvement in Britain and that “it cannot be done”. They risk undermining the very notion that civil society should play a role in public life.

 

A PoliticsHome survey found that the majority of people (55 per cent) would like more community involvement in improving the quality of life in Britain, and only 20 per cent said they would not have the time to get involved.

 

Citizens can and should be allowed to be active in their community by participating in local groups to make simple but significant improvements – for example by lobbying to get new pedestrian crossings put in to save children’s lives, by forming Neighbourhood Watch groups, or by deciding the spending priorities of their local council.

 

While it can be tough for citizens to run hospitals and schools single-handedly, they can and should – with help from social enterprises as well as the state – have much more of a say over those services and be allowed to commission aspects of local services where they can and where there is demand.

 

Writing from bipartisan and apolitical perspectives, we believe the notion that civil society should play a vital role in the nation’s future is important. We will stand together to pool our resources to make this a reality, regardless of who is in power after tomorrow.

 


Tony Burton

Civic Voice

 


Titus Alexander

Novas Scarman Group

 


Paul Twivy

Social Entrepreneur

 


Neil Jameson

Citizens UK

 


Stephen Kearney, Julia Olsen, Nick Gardham

Action to RE:generate Community Trust

 


Adele Blakeborough

CAN Breakthrough

 


Sarah Hodgkinson

Getting on Board

 


Andrew Dick

Envision

 


Ben Lee

Social Entrepreneur

 


Cliff Prior

Unltd

 


Julia Ogilvy

Project Scotland

 


Steve Wyler

Development Trusts Association

 


Tris Dyson

Spice

 


Emma-Jane Cross

Beat Bullying

 


Giles Gibbons

Good Business

 


Alex Watson

Social Entrepreneur

 


Alison Rodwell

Social Entrepreneur

 


Jas Bains

Social Entrepreneur

 


Julian Dobson

New Start Magazine

 


Daniel Snell and Emily Shenton

Arrival Education

 


Gail Greengross

Social Entrepreneur

 


David Barker

Whitebox Digital

 


Katie Ivens

Real Action

 


Malcolm Scovil

Leap Anywhere

 


Rob Owen

St Giles Trust

 


Jackie Hill-Wilson

G-ten at Ten Lifestyle Management

 


Sylvia Brown

ACRE

 


Duncan Cheatle

The Supper Club and ThanksTo.com

 


Simon Jay

Lift Community Trust

 


Stephen Dawson

Impetus Trust

 


Steve Moore

More Media

 


Tim West

Social Enterprise Wire

 


Peter Gardner

Last.fm and LeapAnywhere.com

 


Tracy Blackwell

Pension Corporation

 


Yinka Makinda

Social Entrepreneur

 


Rob Lamond

Forster for Change

 


Marjorie Thompson

Conservative Cooperative Movement

 


Beverley Clark and Sue Bamford

Say Yes UK

 


Marcus Booth

Travers Smith

 


Jo Rice

Spear

 


Nerys Anthony

Turning Point



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