Independent audit concludes ‘big society’ could become an initiative for the ‘leafy suburbs’

A new report concludes that the coalition’s flagship ‘big society’ policy continues to be of genuine public interest but that a clear vision and strategy for its implementation are still lacking.

The report — the first attempt to ‘audit’ the first two years of Cameron’s key policy — was covered yesterday in the Guardian here. The research was undertaken by The Civic Exchange with support from the Democratic Audit and DHA. The work was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

You can read the full report here. Frankly, little of what it says will be news to many in the sector but the executive summary does provide a useful overview of not just the audit findings but also the roots of the big society/civic renewal idea in public policy over recent years. Worth a look.

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