Nesta was 'forced' to fund Big Society Network, says former trustee
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22 Jul 2014 | Tania Mason

Former Nesta trustee Liam Black tweeted this morning that Nesta was “forced” to fund Big Society Network.
 


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Jon Cruddas MP, cabinet minister, Labour (l) and Martyn Lewis, chair, NCVO (r)

Shadow cabinet minister Jon Cruddas has outlined his party’s vision for ‘rebuilding Britain’, emphasising a focus on tackling social problems over spending.

Big Society Network's 2012 accounts show £180k deficit

Big Society Network has finally filed its 2012 accounts with Companies House, nearly five months late, and the unaudited abbreviated balance sheet shows a deficit at the end of March last year of £180,716.

Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for civil society

Shadow minister for civil society Gareth Thomas has tabled a series of Parliamentary questions to minister Nick Hurd about the government's funding of Big Society Network and the allocation of Social Action Fund money.


This Get In flyer was on Big Society Network's website in January 2012

Big Society Network was awarded £200,000 from the government’s Social Action Fund last year ahead of more than 600 other applicants, even though it failed to meet a number of the stated criteria, civilsociety.co.uk can reveal.
 

Tory MPs hate the voluntary sector because they cannot control it or subvert it as an alternative and independent source of thinking and action on social issues.

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Steve Wyler, chief executive of Locality

Locality has been awarded a £9.5m contract to deliver a two-year programme to help communities develop their neighbourhood plans.

Rise in volunteering last autumn vindicates Big Society, say ministers

The government has hailed the findings from its new Community Life Survey as evidence that the Big Society is alive and thriving in British communities.

Sector sees Big Society opportunities despite scepticism

A new Third Sector Research Centre report has suggested that although the voluntary sector is often cynical about the Big Society concept, many still see opportunities – if the government can successfully package the idea.

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive, Acevo

A letter from Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb to the Prime Minister in which he describes the Big Society as “effectively dead” and accuses the government of sidelining charities, secured the front page lead in today’s Times as well as an interview on the Today programme.

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