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Big Society: big flop

A new report says David Cameron’s flagship ‘Big Society’ programme has severely undermined the organisations its purported intention was to strengthen.

The two-year audit by Civil Exchange – supported by the respected Joseph Rowntree Foundation – found that the voluntary sector now faces a cut in statutory funding of £3.3 billion between 2010-16, which won’t be made up for by private donations.

And for all the Prime Minister’s promises to get behind those struggling the most – even as his Chancellor’s self-inflicted double-dip recession is announced – it’s precisely those areas and groups which his pet project has failed.

The report found:

Moreover, small, local voluntary groups suffer an ‘implicit bias’ within government tendering processes – consistently losing out on government contracts to large, mostly private organisations.

You can read the full report on the Civil Exchange website.

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