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UK wants to build a fairer, civil society

The UK Government has vowed it will build stronger communities by bringing together businesses, charities and the public sector

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The UK Government is looking at creative ways to involve citizens in decisions that affect them
The UK Government is looking at creative ways to involve citizens in decisions that affect them

The first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years in the UK aims to build stronger communities by bringing together businesses, charities and the public sector.

 

The UK Government claimed it will create more opportunities for people to actively take part in community decisions, as well as highlighting ways to harness the power of digital and technology for public good. It will focus on five key foundations of social value: people, places and the public, private and social sectors.

 

It follows the Government’s Industrial Strategy, published last year and complements plans to grow Britain’s economy and boost productivity by building a more connected society, where everyone can play their part in a fairer, healthier and more prosperous country.

 

As part of the plan, it is launching an Innovation in Democracy pilot scheme in six regions across the country, which will trial “creative ways” for people to take a more direct role in decisions that affect their local area. This could include Citizens’ Juries or mass participation in decision-making on community issues via an online poll or app.

 

As part of the plan, the government wants to strengthen Britain’s values of corporate responsibility, through the launch of a major new Leadership Group, formed of senior figures from the business, investment and social sectors, to put social and environmental responsibility at the heart of company decisions.

 

Another strand of the strategy will using digital technology for good to improve the work charities can provide to support healthy ageing, bolster online safety and better connect people in an effort to tackle loneliness.

 

“Our plans stand side-by-side with the Industrial Strategy, supporting its drive to grow the economy, while creating an environment where people and communities are at the heart of decision-making,” said Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright.

 

“These ambitious plans will harness the expertise of volunteers, charities and business to help people take a more active part in their local areas.”

 

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