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Nick Hurd affirms government's commitment to 'big society vision'

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Fri, 14/10/2011

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has reiterated the government’s commitment to the big society agenda in an open letter to the voluntary sector {115kB, PDF].

The letter sets out the priorities for government and the Office for Civil Society and outlines the action the department has been taking to improve communities.

The letter goes on to list the initiatives that the government has begun to deliver this vision, including Big Society Capital, the National Citizen Service and action to encourage more charitable giving, such as simplifying Gift Aid. It also sets out once more the three main objectives the department has for the sector:
making it easier to run a charity or social enterprise;
making it easier to work with the state; and
getting more resources into the sector.

But Hurd also warns that "a sector that receives £13bn of taxpayers’ money a year cannot be immune from the painful but necessary process of reducing government expenditure".

Source: Third Sector News.