Policy paper

Social action: harnessing the potential - update

This updated paper sets out how social action complements public services and empowers communities, and explains how government supports it.



This updated discussion paper explains what social action is and how it plays an important role in helping to respond to long-standing challenges.

It sets out how encouraging and enabling social action is part of the government’s vision for a ‘bigger, stronger society’. It provides an update on government programmes to develop its reach and impact.

It sets out how social action:

  • increases the resources available to achieve social goals
  • gives public services access to new expertise and knowledge
  • enables broader and better targeted support
  • empowers local groups, enabling local solutions and building resilient communities
  • creates new models for how society can respond to challenges
  • helps reduce demands on public services
Published 26 June 2015