The Big Welsh Society? - National Assembly for Wales

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The Big Welsh Society? - National Assembly for Wales

An example of this is when consortiums ofcharities, social enterprises and other thirdsector organisations work together to bid forlarge public sector contracts on behalf of civilsociety organisations. In Wales, this could beparticularly important for small and mediumsized organisations that want to bid forcontracts, but do not have the capacity; byworking in a consortium with other smallorganisations they are more likely to be able tocompete for, and deliver, large contracts.In 2010 the Welsh Governmentannounced the £13 billion CommunityEconomic Development Programme,which aims to encourage organisationsin south east Wales to become lessdependent on grants and betterequipped to tender for procurementcontracts.The Big Society ripple effectThere are some Big Society initiatives that coulddirectly benefit Welsh voluntary organisations.The Big Society Bank, which is due to launch thisyear, will make loans and provide investmentcapital for the UK voluntary sector. In England,money from private dormant bank accounts willbe put into the Big Society Bank for Englishvoluntary organisations, but in Wales thedormant accounts money is being used tosupport young people and tackle climatechange.UK banks are contributing £200 million offunding for the Big Society Bank, which will beavailable to voluntary organisations across theUK, including Wales.It remains to be seen how civil society in Waleswill respond to the Big Society, but it is likely thatthird sector organisations will have to changetheir approach to service provision, withdiminished resources, more service users andhigher expectations.

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