England & Wales Democracy, devolution and governance

Local government Big Society network – get involved


The Big Society needs to be more than just a slogan and local authorities must play a central role in it – but to do this they need to be proactive in helping develop the concepts and the local policies that will make it a reality.

The LGiU is launching a learning network will take place over five months starting in November 2010. Participants will hear from expert speakers and practitioners connected to the Big Society agenda as well as sharing and generating ideas with peers. The network will provide practical support on:

  • what the Big Society means in practice
  • how to prepare for the Decentralisation and Localism Bill
  • the role of councillors in the Big Society
  • how the Big Society can generate savings
  • how to work with community groups to deliver the Big Society
  • governance and accountability for Big Society initiatives.

The network will give you the opportunity to learn in a supported environment, with peers, about how these issues can be worked through in your authority and how you can prepare your communities for the challenges ahead. It is essential for councils who want to progress the Big Society in their area.

If you would like to get involved click here for more information