Following several months of consultation, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a new Civil Society Strategy.
The Strategy sets out how government will work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for everyone. It consists of five chapters that each address the ‘five foundations of social value’ in turn:
- People – enabling a lifetime of contribution focuses on the role of citizens in civil society, with particular reference to the role of young people.
- Places – empowerment and investment for local communities presents a vision of ‘place’, and the role of government in supporting local communities.
- The social sector – supporting charities and social enterprises explains the government’s approach to the core of civil society i.e. the social sector of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises including mutuals.
- The private sector – promoting business, finance and tech for good outlines the role of business, finance and tech in civil society.
- The public sector – ensuring collaborative commissioning explains how the government sees the future role of civil society organisations in the delivery of public services.