Thursday 15 July 2010


Home in time to hear the Newsnight debate on Big Society last night. It was great to hear Tim Page, the Director of the Emmaus UK (and an ACEVO member obviously!), making a cool and effective presentation of the issues we face. He argued the case for our sector as a mix of the professionals and volunteers - and the need for continuing state support. For the idea of Big Society to work we need the active involvement of the professional third sector. And it needs the active engagement of the state.

But I thought overall the programme hardly got under the skin of the issues and was a little too much a procession of stage armies. Francis Maude was good though. A good account of what he wants to achieve and a refutal of the idea that he wants this simply as a cover for cuts.

We shall see where this all goes!

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