Warning to Australia: Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ failed in UK
The package of policies under the Big Society brand were touted to the UK public as delivering essential services with better value for money, greater social cohesion and a raft of wider social benefits. The reality of its implementation has been strikingly different, argues CPD researcher Cameron Elliott. Yet echoes of the Big Society agenda can still be heard from Australian politicians.
The gap between rich and poor has widened and services have been cut across the country. The services that remain are increasingly delivered by large private organisations at a lower standard than when they remained under government control.