Big Society audit finds policy has had mixed success
The Big Society agenda has spawned many new successful community initiatives, but it has failed to involve the voluntary sector in public service reform, an independent audit warns.
Three years on from the formation of the coalition government and the launch of its flagship policy the Big Society, an audit released today by think tank Civil Exchange judges that the policy has had mixed success and finds “the Big Society isn’t going away, though some have declared it dead”.
The Big Society Audit analyses the success of three key areas of the Big Society policy: community empowerment, opening up public service and social action. Community empowerment, the audit judges, is the area where the Big Society has scored most highly over the last year.
It finds that communities are successfully taking vital assets and services locally, that the amount of publicly available information has increased, and there are more elected officials.