The stark contrast between the rhetoric and reality of Big Society is summarised in the following table.
|David Cameron promised: ‘more of what you want’ (i.e. services).|
|Enable a diversity of service providers, including new entrants, to reduce reliance on government services and increase the voluntary sector’s involvement.|
|Foster localism; more freedom and local control.|
|Support community initiatives: ‘The Big Society bank will lend money and grant money to organisations that want to expand and grow and do brilliant things.’|
|Encourage volunteerism and a more ‘socially active’ Britain: ‘Citizens have a moral obligation to volunteer and fulfill their civic duties.’|
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