What is 'Big Society' and what does it mean for Australia?
22 February 2012, 3:34pm
Under a radical reform program called 'Big Society', the UK Government is slashing hundreds of thousands of Government jobs and outsourcing massive chunks of the public sector.
In 2010, UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised to use Big Society to "redefine the role of the state as a provider of public services." Some of the impacts of the Big Society programs in the UK so far have included:
cutting £81 billion from public spending (2010-2013)
dismantling the National Health System
slashing between 500,000 and 700,000 public service jobs
awarding the majority of contracts for public sector to corporations such as Serco and A4e
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