The Government has pledged to put people and communities ‘at the heart of decision-making’ as part of its first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years. The new strategy contains a number of new measures, including an ‘innovation in democracy’ pilot scheme, which would trial new ways for people to take a more ‘direct role’ in decisions that affect their local area. According to the strategy document, this could include citizen juries or using online voting or smartphone apps to allow more people to have a say on community issues. The document also promises to improve the use of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to make sure that public sector organisations, including councils, generate more social value when awarding contracts. It also includes plans to establish an independent organisation that will distribute £90m from dormant bank accounts to help put disadvantaged young people into employment. According to the Government, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart