An organisation representing Britain's big charity chiefs says the Prime Minister is failing on the 'Big Society', while they suffer from huge cuts.
The Times newspaper has reported this morning (7 January 2013) that charity chiefs feel they have been left out of policy consultations and are suffered both from severe cuts imposed on local authorities and direct cuts on the voluntary sector - which the coalition has been saying will make up the gap in public provision created by their policies.
The claims come in a reported letter to the Prime Minister from Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO).
ACEVO comprises 2,000 charity CEOs across the United Kingdom.
The letter warns Mr Cameron and his government that the 'Big Society' idea, launched back in 2010, is “effectively dead”.
Bubb says that the potential for voluntary organisations to transform public services “remains largely untapped, with reforms in too many areas glacially slow.”
He continues: “The mood music across Whitehall has been that reform is off the agenda. The reality many charities now face is crippling spending cuts.”
Sir Stephen is usually seen as representing the more 'establishment' end of the charity sector, and his intervention is likely to concern the government even more because of this.
Many other charities and NGOs in Britain have been more forthrightly critical of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government's anti-welfare, anti-benefits, small state, lower taxation and more public sector cuts ideology -- which they point out is exposing the poorest and most vulnerable in society to the greatest harm, while the very wealthy prosper.