Building a Big Society from the bottom up

Ruth Porter writes for the Daily Telegraph

It is no mean feat, but today’s report on the Big Society makes even less sense than the rest of the discussion on the theme to date. The Public Administration Committee has said that there needs to be a coherent plan that cuts across the whole of Whitehall, looking at how the Big Society is applied. The suggestion is deeply, and sadly, ironic.

It might be a badly chosen phrase, but the Big Society has the power to transform much of Britain. We have a state currently spending over half of GDP. This has squeezed out meaningful activity by individuals and communities. If we want to see vibrant grassroots activity, fuelled by strong family and neighbourhood connections, we must give people a reason to develop those connections. We cannot simply sit back and expect to see these community links built on their own.

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