Big Society: Political philosophy and implications for health policy

Beccy Baird

How does the government's Big Society vision support the users and providers of health and social care?

David Cameron first set out his vision for a 'Big Society' in his Hugo Young lecture on 10 November 2009 outlining a new role for government: 'actively helping to create the big society; directly agitating for, catalysing and galvanising social renewal'.

This background paper - written to support a series of breakfast events hosted at The King's Fund - looks at the context surrounding the coalition government's plans and asks what issues the Big Society would raise for health care organisations.

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