It’s the Big Society that’s being hit by the government’s economics

The Coalition wanted to end the Big State, and bring in the Big Society. We are ending up with neither, as charities shed more jobs than the public sector.


David Cameron’s big idea was to roll back the state and let society fill in the vacuum in a flourishing of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups.

In reality, the government’s economic policy is hammering the public sector – but it’s hitting the voluntary sector harder. The National Council of Voluntary Organisations has revealed:

“The number of people employed in the voluntary sector fell by almost 9 per cent from the third quarter of 2010 and the same period in 2011, equating to a loss of 70,000 jobs, according to figures released today.

“The number of people employed in the public sector fell by 4.3 per cent during the same period, while the figure for the private sector increased by 1.5 per cent”

The coalition wanted to end the Big State, and bring in the Big Society. We are ending up with neither.

See also:

• How Cameron’s coalition is choking the big society – Daniel Elton, November 2nd 2011

• Citizens UK: “The Big Society is flawed if people have to work two jobs” – Peter Carrol, October 21st 2011

• Cameronism uncovered: Taxpayer-funded big business – Daniel Elton, September 12th 2011

• Fears government reforms could create a “big divide” not a ‘Big Society’ – Kamaljeet Gill, July 29th 2011

• Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ set to leave a disastrous legacy for public services – Sam McLean, July 28th 2011

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