Nick Hurd MP addresses CFDG member’s on the ‘Big Society’ Agenda

18th June 2010

The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, talked to CFDG member’s yesterday at a special post-election meeting held at Schroder’s in London.

In his speech the Minister clarified further the meaning of ‘Big Society,’ explaining that it was about increased social responsibility, lower dependence on state and a transfer of power back to the people, allowing individuals to play a role in shaping the services they care about. The Minister also re-iterated that the Big Society was not a political response to the fiscal crunch but was deep-rooted in traditional conservative views about personal and social responsibility.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO and Patrick Butler, editor of Guardian Society, also spoke about the value of some of the ‘Big Society’ ideas to the sector. Sir Stuart Etherington articulated that this should not be about the state simply withdrawing and that the new Government needed to think carefully about what is and is not appropriate to localise.

The potential opportunities that may arise for the sector were re-affirmed by the Minister who indicated that although the public spend ‘cake’ may be shrinking the size of the ‘slice’ available to charities should grow. This will come down to effective collaboration between the new Office for Civil Society and the sector.  Encouraging innovation and philanthropy will also be important as the Big Society agenda moves forward.

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Notes to Editor:

1. The Charity Finance Directors' Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions.

2. CFDG’s circa 1,700 members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £17.35bn in charity income per year. For further information please contact Katherine Smithson, on 0207 785 6419 or

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