Policy paper

Making it easier for civil society to work with the state

The government is providing new opportunities for civil society as public services are opened up.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The government made a commitment in the coalition government agreement to “… support the creation and expansion of mutuals, co-operatives, charities and social enterprises, and enable these groups to have much greater involvement in the running of public services”.
The first report discusses:

  • new opportunities for civil society, as public services are opened up
  • working with commissioners  to ensure that new contract opportunities are as open as possible
  • helping the sector become more competitive in this emerging landscape

The second report provides a progress update on opening up public service delivery to the voluntary sector since December 2012. It also sets out how the government has been improving access to public service delivery opportunities for the voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSE) sector by:

  • improving commissioning
  • increasing voluntary sector competitiveness
  • encouraging volunteering
Published 13 December 2012
Last updated 10 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added March 2014 progress update report.

  2. First published.