Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, has called for a radical shift in the relationship between citizens and the state, when delivering his first keynote speech to leaders of charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.
At the ‘Leading your charity through a time of change conference’ in Central Hall Westminster, the Minister spoke of the need for a ‘Big Society’ approach to overcome today’s economic challenges, social breakdown and deprivation.
Local communities are to have greater ownership of local problems, but also more power to change them, and public services to be answerable to those who use them.
Speaking at the conference Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, said:
“We need a Big Society, that derives its strength and compassion from the energy and vigour of millions of active citizens, formal and informal organisations independent of the state, and neighbourhoods where neighbourliness touches every life.
“We want local communities not only to have greater ownership of local problems, but to have more power to change them. We want public services to be answerable to those who use them, so that it is parents, patients and community groups who shape how they work and what they do. And we want a culture of greater personal as well as social responsibility, where we’ll support citizens trying to get their lives back on track, but won't support a life time on benefits for those who elect not to.
The Minister also spoke of integrating local services – bringing together resources, budgets, skills and ideas to address multiple challenges. He said developing more focused integrated local services can unlock the potential of communities and frontline workers to design and deliver a genuinely joined up approach to multiple challenges.
To read the full press release, visit: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2010/100609-radic....