Published: 6th Apr 2011

While the concept is never far from the centre of debate, the principles behind the Big Society are universal – people need to be empowered and supported to help themselves rather than be supported by the state. Perhaps this is the moment to stop worrying about the Big Society title, which generates so much heat (especially hot air) but so little light, and focus on how to make that happen. The problem is that the situation we find ourselves in right now, regardless of who you think is responsible, is unacceptably precarious for people in vulnerable communities. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is predicting unemployment will hit a 17-year high during 2011 – meaning those people who were out of work before this crisis are even further from finding a job. This is not political point scoring, it’s a reality that there are millions of people waiting for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)