1152: The Big Society in rural England

This paper is summarised from the Commission for Rural Communities publication “Rural Economies intelligence report: economic conditions for organisations contributing to the Big Society in rural England”

Year of Publication2010

Rural organisations welcome the Big Society but feel that they do not know enough about how it will be implemented. They are concerned about the creation of new delivery mechanisms which exclude existing structures and experience. There are also concerns that the most vulnerable groups might not be heard. Many organisations are already experiencing and expecting cuts and increasing demand. The government should understand that the Big Society, although cost efficient, is not cost free and that some communities do not have the capacity to get involved. Ongoing and long term funding as well as professional support is needed.

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