17 May '11, 10am

Breaking the silence of civil society | Anna Coote

Breaking the silence of civil society | Anna Coote

There's a conspiracy of silence out there in 'civil society'. Small community groups, middle-sized charities, big voluntary organisations – they're all buttoning their lips as they watch the chancellor hack great chunks out of public services. The communities they are anchored in are increasingly hard-pressed. The social problems they care about are more acute than ever. The people they try to serve are getting poorer and more beleaguered. Yet their outrage (in public) is muted. Why? Their own funds are dwindling fast. Their only hope is to get a piece of the action that is called the 'big society': a contract, with money attached. Up and down the country, vast numbers of admirable, selfless organisations, dedicated to building a better world, are straining every muscle to find out what the big society consists of and how to be caught in its bountiful embrace. They want to...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2011/05/16/breaking-the-...

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