I’m definitely not against decentralisation of power, medical but am wondering how the 6 steps from Big Society to Big Government illustrated in Decentralisation and Localism: An Essential Guide will pan out in practice. Also thinking some local governments will find it extremely challenging to support decentralisation with fewer staff and funds to enable localism and real community empowerment. Some local people have been stepping up to the mark for a long time but it won’t necessarily happen in the areas that most need it.
How is the ‘Big Society’ cutting it? The nef report analyses the opportunities and threats of the ‘Big Society’ vision, remedy and how it will effect businesses, the third sector and democracy. There are loads of challenges but nef sees the progressive potential of the ‘Big Society’ as lying in:
- Encouraging citizens’ involvement and action
- Recognising that everyone has assets, not just problems
- Building and strengthening social networks
- Using local knowledge to get better results
- Offering ways of transforming the welfare state.
The Bettermeans tool offers an opportunity to move away from outdated command and control structures towards a much fairer system of participatory involvement. Decision-making, cialis project management and governance tools can be used openly, prostate efficiently and democratically, allowing everyone to take part equally. Could be very useful in creating less tokenistic locality working and community planning in the Big Society.