What is "Big Society"?
The coalition government claims that building big society is "to put more power and opportunity into people’s hands."
Toby Blume  has a summary of the Big Society programme, concluding:
However, Polly Toynbee, writing in the Guardian, claims that the 'big society' is a "lie", since it will result in a diminished charity/voluntary sector due to funding cuts:
Big Society Themes
- Giving communities more powers
- Encouraging people to take an active role in their communities
- Transferring power from central to local government
- Supporting Co-ops, Mutuals, charities and Social enterprises
- Publishing government data
- Cabinet Office website http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2010/100518-news-big-society-launch.aspx
- Big Society Network's website http://www.thebigsociety.co.uk/
- new economics foundation: Ten Big Questions about the Big Society and ten ways to make the best of it http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/ten-big-questions-about-the-big-society
- The Big Society: How it Could Work, by Gabriel Chanan and Colin Miller http://www.pacesempowerment.co.uk/pacesempowerment/Publications_files/Big%20Society.pdf
- Su Maddock's blog on public service innovation http://sumaddock.wordpress.com/
- Urban Forum Online Big Society blogs http://www.urbanforum.org.uk/whitehall-watch/blog
- David Wilcox's Social Reporter blog http://socialreporter.com/
- Wikipedia article on Big Society: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Society
- Cabinet Office (2010) Government puts Big Society at heart of public sector reform, 18 May 2010, viewed 2010-8-5 http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/407789/building-big-society.pdf.
- Blume, T (2010) Big Society Bite Sized, Urban Forum Online, August 2010 http://www.urbanforum.org.uk/briefings/big-society-bite-sized.
- Toynbee, P. (2010) The 'big society' is a big fat lie – just follow the money. The Guardian, 6 August 2010 .