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Big Society will fail, say committee MPs

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Mon, 26/09/2011

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has warned that the Big Society agenda will fail as civil servants do not have the skills to implement it, and there is a reluctance to do the reforms.

PASC MPs make the warning in the report Change in government: the agenda for leadership which says the Big Society policy needs "a more transparent and flexible civil service with a new role of commissioning public services from charities, social enterprises, mutuals and private companies".

However, the PASC, which has been taking evidence on the Big Society over the past year, finds Whitehall lacks these skills and little effort had been made to equip civil servants with them.

The report also says government has "failed to recognise the scale of reform required" and says as a result the Big Society agenda will fail.

Source: Civil Society Media