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07.01.13

Big Society needs more charity involvement – ACEVO

Progress towards creating the Big Society is too slow, Sir Stephen Bubb has warned Prime Minister David Cameron.

The concept is being neglected and would benefit from greater involvement of charities said Sir Stephen, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO).

In an open letter he wrote:  “As Prime Minister, you described building a Big Society as your ‘great passion’ and ‘central to my vision for our country’. You spoke eloquently of your desire to reform public services, with a significantly greater role for charities.

“The mood music across Whitehall has been that reform is off the agenda.”

Sir Stephen told BBC Radio 4s Today Programme:  “This is not an argument about cuts, but about delivering public services better. If we reform and modernise public services, charities, which have a huge, magnificent history in the UK, could deliver more.

“There is huge frustration amongst charity leaders that these ideas about reforming public services don't seem to be going anywhere.”

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