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

19 Responses to “It’s the Big Society that’s being hit by the government’s economics”

  1. Anonymous

    Not as much as big government will be hit by big government debts.

    That means big cuts.

    It means big tax increases for the plebs.

    Labour’s legacy.

  2. SteveFouch

    It's the Big Society that's being hit by the government's economics: http://t.co/5443XZiP : writes @danielelton #bigsociety

  3. Newsbot9

    Oh yes, because “Labour” ate your dog in your world. You’re a screaming hypocrite as usual, punishing people for existing by endorsing something which your party is slashing at.

  4. Newsbot9

    Oh yes, because “Labour” ate your dog in your world. You’re a screaming hypocrite as usual, punishing people for existing by endorsing something which your party is slashing at.

  5. Michael

    It’s the Big Society that’s being hit by the government’s economics – http://t.co/G4bg4ST8

  6. H. O.

    RT @leftfootfwd: It's the Big Society that's being hit by the government's economics http://t.co/1poIZP69

  7. Alex Braithwaite

    RT @leftfootfwd: It's the Big Society that's being hit by the government's economics http://t.co/zPTRyiht

  8. Matt Dykes

    Big Society in action: vol sector jobs hit harder than public sector http://t.co/RcdfISyQ #bigsociety

  9. Midlands TUC

    Big Society in action: vol sector jobs hit harder than public sector http://t.co/RcdfISyQ #bigsociety

  10. Lord Blagger

    The problem is that I’m not a Tory. They particularly don’t like me since the last one I had dealings with was jailed for a year.

  11. Lord Blagger

    The problem is that I’m not a Tory. They particularly don’t like me since the last one I had dealings with was jailed for a year.

  12. Richard Burden MP

    Big Society in action: vol sector jobs hit harder than public sector http://t.co/RcdfISyQ #bigsociety

  13. B Rawsthorn

    RT @leftfootfwd: It's the Big Society that's being hit by the government's economics http://t.co/hF9q2ben

  14. Richard Sagar

    So much for the big society … http://t.co/BlD54SAd

  15. Brian Moylan

    RT @RichardBurdenMP: RT @mattdykes: Big Society in action: vol sector jobs hit harder than public sector http://t.co/JiTPw2FR #bigsociety

  16. Blarg1987

    If were honest to ourselves yes labour caused big debts, but if they said right were going to improve public services but we all have to pay higher taxes, would they have really got into power? I think the ansewer would be no, no matter what people are told we care too much about our short sightedness then the long term problems and until that attitude changes we will always have this cycle.

  17. Blarg1987

    If were honest to ourselves yes labour caused big debts, but if they said right were going to improve public services but we all have to pay higher taxes, would they have really got into power? I think the ansewer would be no, no matter what people are told we care too much about our short sightedness then the long term problems and until that attitude changes we will always have this cycle.

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