Big Society, Localism and the BME Third Sector

Date: 
Tue, 10/08/2010

One North West, the regional BME network, has produced a short briefing "Big Society, Localism and the BME Third Sectori", raising concerns that the shift of power from Westminster to local people might impact disproportionately on the BME sector and communities throughout the North West. The briefing states that while Big Society involves plans for increased involvement in the running of public services by voluntary and private sector organisations, it might also signal an end to BME groups being treated as 'specific interest' groups. It also observes that no central principles of equality are included in the structural reform plans and highlights that for many people, community goes beyond the neighbourhood level, particularly when it comes to equalities. To read the briefing please visit: Big Society, Localism and the BME Third Sector Briefing To respond to the briefing please visit: Big Society, Localism and the BME Third Sector Consultation Deadline for responses is 10 August 2010. The responses will be used by 1NW to develop a strong BME North West-based response to the coalition government and lobby for greater race equality before the Comprehensive Spending Review in October. Please share this and encourage others to join in. For more information about 1NW please visit: www.onenorthwest.org.uk