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Social action

The Government believes that the innovation and enthusiasm of civil society is essential in tackling the social, economic and political challenges that the UK faces today. We will take action to support and encourage social responsibility, volunteering and philanthropy, and make it easier for people to come together to improve their communities and help one another.

  • We will support the creation and expansion of mutuals, co-operatives, charities and social enterprises, and enable these groups to have much greater involvement in the running of public services.
  • We will give public sector workers a new right to form employee-owned co-operatives and bid to take over the services they deliver. This will empower millions of public sector workers to become their own boss and help them to deliver better services.
  • We will train a new generation of community organisers and support the creation of neighbourhood groups across the UK, especially in the most deprived areas.
  • We will take a range of measures to encourage charitable giving and philanthropy.
  • We will introduce National Citizen Service. The initial flagship project will provide a programme for 16 year olds to give them a chance to develop the skills needed to be active and responsible citizens, mix with people from different backgrounds, and start getting involved in their communities.
  • We will use funds from dormant bank accounts to establish a ‘Big Society Bank’, which will provide new finance for neighbourhood groups, charities, social enterprises and other non-governmental bodies.
  • We will take a range of measures to encourage volunteering and involvement in social action, including launching a national day to celebrate and encourage social action, and make regular community service an element of civil service staff appraisals.

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Your comments (202)

  1. Geoff Naylor says:

    As others have said a huge amount of voluntary and charity work both in the local community and abroad is both funded and outworked by Christians wanting to care for others as a response to God’s care for them. Whole areas of care and education now under the role of state were first started by Christians. Yet increasingly funding is not available if faith is expressed as a motive and Christian groups excluded from joint projects with local government unless their faith is not expressed. In the long run this will be detremental to the whole of the community as churches and individual Christians will no longer want to contribute if it can only be done by denying their faith.

  2. Sara says:

    It is a short sighted to think that cutting expenditure on voluntary agencies making a real difference to the lives of everyday young people is not going to impact upon statistics related to unemployment, anti social behaviour, crime, drugs usage. And therefore create more expenditure in other areas. Taking away provision is only going to create new problems. The voluntary sector is filling a gap that will be difficult and costly to replace. V has positively influenced the lives of so many young people, that have been so hard to engage for other agencies