Policy and Politics
- Prime Minister David Cameron’s Hugo Young Lecture (where he defines the Big Society)
- Respublica (UK Think Tank funded by Phillip Blond in 2009 – influential in development of Big Society agenda)
- Localism Act (England) (received royal asset in Nov 2011, seeks to devolve more power to councils & neighourhoods)
- Localism Bill (Wales) (provisions relating to Wales as outlined by National Assembly for Wales)
- The Office for Civil Society (works across government to translate the Big Society agenda into policies)
- Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill (Scotland) (proposes raft of new measures to empower communities)
- Scottish Government’s Third Sector Division (division with responsibility for developing and supporting Scotland’s Third Sector)
- Christie Commission (Scotland) (established in 2010 to deliver recommendations for future delivery of public services)
- Department for Social Development (Northern Ireland) (has responsibility for voluntary and community sector policy)
- The Big Welsh Society (short article taken from National Assembly for Wales’ Research Service Publication)
Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (and their support organisations)
- The Big Society Network (independent charity that supports and develops enterprise to deliver social impact)
- Community Development Foundation (leading national organisation in community development & engagement)
- Confederation of Co-operative Housing (represents housing co-operatives, tenant-controlled organisations and federations)
- Development Trusts Association Scotland (established in 2003 to support the growth of the sector in Scotland)
- Glasgow & West of Scotland Forum of HAs (membership body for community-controlled housing organisations)
- Locality (UK network for community-led organisations)
- NCVO’s Third Sector Foresight (aims to help VCS organisations plan for the future – focus on Localism)
- National CLT Network (national body for Community Land Trusts in England and Wales)
- Scottish Community Alliance (alliance of Scotland’s leading community sector networks)
- Big Lottery (supporting the development of the Community Assets programme, on behalf of government)
- Big Society Capital (independent financial institution regulated by the FSA that supports sustainable social investment in the UK)
- Community Foundation Network (membership body for community foundations: negotiates & manages funding opportunities)
- Scottish Community Bank (partnership between Charity Bank and Senscot)
- Enhancing Localism Wales (forum to support the Enhancing Localism Project)
- Future Communities (website by the Young Foundation highlighting community ownership & management of assets)
- Human City Institute (independent, charitable, community-centred research agency)
- Localism (CIH) (summary of Chartered Institute of Housing’s position on the Localism Act)
- Localism (RTPI Activity) (summary of Royal Town Planning Institutes’ position on the Localism Act)
- Third Sector Research Centre (Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham)
Research Reports and Think Pieces (available open-access)
Moore, T. and Mullins, D. (2013) Scaling-up or going-viral? Comparing self-help housing and community land trust facilitation. (working paper 94). Birmingham: TSRC.
Respublica (2012) Acting on Localism: the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda. Respublica.
Alcock, P. (2012) The Big Society: a new policy environment for the third sector? (working paper 82). Birmingham: TSRC.
McKee, K. (2012) Housing Associations & the Big Society: lessons from Scotland’s community housing sector. St Andrews: University of St Andrews.
DTAS (2012) Community Ownership in Scotland: a baseline study. DTAS’ Community Ownership Support Service.
Wells, P. (2011) (eds) Prospects for the Big Society: a Special Issue of People, Place and Policy Online.
Handy, C. and Gulliver, K. (2010) Mutualism Rising? Housing’s Vital Role in the ‘Big Society’ (Think Pieces, No 65). Compass.
McKee, K. (2010) The Future of Community Housing in Scotland: some thoughts and reflections, People Place and Policy Online 4 (3): 103-110.
Murtagh, B. (2012) Community Asset Transfer in Northern Ireland. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Rowlands, R. (2009) Forging Mutual Futures: co-operative and mutual housing in practice: history and potential. Birmingham: Commission on Co-operative & Mutual Housing.
Aiken, M. et al (2008) Community Ownership and Management of Assets. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Rodgers, D. (1999) New Mutualism: the Third Estate (with foreword by Hilary Armstrong MP). London: the Co-operative Party.