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The Big Society (UK) is the flagship policy idea of the 2010 Conservative Party general election manifesto and forms part of the legislative programme of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement W.[1] The aim is "to create a climate that empowers local people and communities, building a big society that will 'take power away from politicians and give it to people'."[2]

It was launched in the 2010 Conservative manifesto and described by The Times W as "an impressive attempt to reframe the role of government and unleash entrepreneurial spirit".[3]

The plans include setting up a Big Society Bank W and introducing a national citizen service.[4] The stated priorities are:[5]

  1. Give communities more powers
  2. Encourage people to take an active role in their communities
  3. Transfer power from central to local government
  4. Support co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises
  5. Publish government data.

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  1. Cameron and Clegg set out 'big society' policy ideas BBC W News 18-May-2010
  2. Government launches “Big Society” programme 10 Downing Street W website 18-May-2010
  3. The big society The Times W 14-Apr-2010
  4. Coalition outlines plans for big society programme Third Sector Online, 18 May 2010
  5. Building the Big Society Cabinet Office W 18-May-2010

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