Big Society

The Big Society agenda is one of the Coalition Government’s key policy programmes, aiming to create a culture shift from government action to local action.  It includes policies to: 

  • Empower local communities, giving them a greater say over how their area is run.
  • Foster a culture of volunteering and philanthropy, encouraging people to take an active role in their communities
  • Transfer power from central to local government
  • Support charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, enabling them to have a greater role in the running of public services. 

The resources below provide further information about the details of the agreement, legislative agenda and vision. 


The Coalition: Our programme for Government

Building the Big Society

Cabinet Office Big Society FAQs


We will be watching how the Big Society agenda unfolds and will provide updates of any developments here.




The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), chaired by Bernard Jenkin MP, has launched an inquiry on the Government's flagship policy to promote the Big Society. 


CFG submitted written evidence to the inquiry, calling on Government to implement solid policy proposals and action around the Big Society.  Our response also includes a number of recommendations for action.


CFG's submission -  'Smaller Government: Bigger Society'

CFG's submission - Published evidence 

Further details of the PASC inquiry 


The aim of the Big Society Bank is to catalyse the growth of the social investment market, making it easier for social ventures to access finance and advice. 

For more information on the Big Society Bank please see Social investment and the Big Society Bank.

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