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.

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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