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Committee inquiry into the Big Society - closes 18th March 2011

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The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is undertaking an inquiry into the Government’s proposals for the “Big Society”, as part of its interest in the wider theme of smaller government.

The Committee would like to receive written evidence on the following issues in particular:

  1. A definition of what the ‘Big Society’ is or should be.
  2. The impact and consequences of reductions in public expenditure on the Government’s ambitions to deliver its vision for the Big Society.
  3. The role of and capacity for the voluntary and community sector to deliver local public services including the appropriateness of using charitable income or volunteer labour to subsidise costs.
  4. Possible problems and challenges from increased commissioning of public service provision from the voluntary and community sector as envisaged by the Government.
  5. The right to form employee-owned public service co-operatives including the resources available to co-operatives, proposed powers, and rules governing their operation.
  6. Governance and accountability issues arising out of different organisational forms of social enterprises and co-operatives; and the participation of voluntary sector and community groups in greater public service provision.
  7. The implications for central government and for the civil service of policies which require them to promote and to enable, rather than to manage and to direct, public services.
  8. The place of local authorities in the transfer of power from Whitehall to communities and the role democratically elected local councillors should play.
  9. Potential conflicts with other aspects of public service delivery, such as individual focus of personalised public services or universal provision and uniform standards of public services (i.e. avoiding postcode lotteries).

The closing date for responding is Friday 18 March 2011.

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Click here< for the submission made to the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) which include the data analysis of the suppporting people, AIDS support grant, Carers and Direct Payment information collected for London.

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Commons consider ‘Smaller Government: What do Ministers do?’ report

Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex introduced the select committee report, 'Smaller Government: What do Ministers do?' in the House of Commons on Thursday 10 March.

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MPs considered the Seventh Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration, ‘Smaller Government: What do Ministers do?’. Watch and read the views expressed by MPs.

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Find out more about the work of the work of the Select Committee on Public Administration and read the Committee’s report.

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The government is committed to rebalancing the economy, to be less reliant on the public sector, financial services and growth driven by the greater south east of England. Central to delivering this aspiration are the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), which are being formed by local government, business and other stakeholders. At the same time the Regional Development Agencies, which the previous government created to promote economic development, are being abolished.

If LEPs are to fulfil their remit of driving economic growth, it is essential that they draw fully on the resources available to them – whether financial, intellectual or practical. This is particularly important in the current context of reduced public spending. This report therefore looks at the involvement of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and social enterprises in the work of LEPs.

It focuses on the North of England, as this part of the country has the greatest need for effective LEPs, as it is here that the impact of the spending cuts is expected to be disproportionately negative.

Published in partnership with ACEVO

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