100 Days of Coalition Government and the voluntary and community sector

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  • Coalition agreement launched by Cameron and Clegg in the Rose Garden of Number 10.

  • Francis Maude appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office.

    Francis Maude appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office.
  • Nick Hurd appointed Minister for Civil Society.

    Nick Hurd appointed Minister for Civil Society.
  • Big Society roundtable

    Big Society roundtable at Number 10, co-chaired by Cameron and Clegg. Launch of the Coalition Government’s Big Society Paper and appointment of Nat Wei, Founder of Teach First, to the House of Lords and as advisor to the Government on Big Society.
  • Full coalition agreement published

    Full coalition agreement published. Commits the Government to support charities and social enterprises and the expansion of mutuals and co-operatives; the establishment of a Big Society Bank; a new generation of community organisers; and a national citizens service.
  • Public Sector Transparency Board

    Establishment of the new Public Sector Transparency Board based at the Cabinet Office, chaired by Francis Maude
  • Francis Maude speech

    In his first keynote speech, Francis Maude, calls for a radical shift in the relationship between citizens and the state.
  • Vetting and Barring Scheme

    The Home Office halts the Vetting and Barring Registration Scheme while it remodels the system to achieve ‘proportionate, common sense levels’.
  • Future Jobs Fund cut

    The coalition cancels £10.5bn worth of pre-election Labour projects including new libraries, hospitals and the Future Jobs Fund.
  • Legal Aid review

    A fundamental look at Legal Aid launched by the Ministry of Justice.
  • Regional Development Agencies abolished

    RDAs are to be replaced with ‘local enterprise partnerships’ (LEPs) to help rebalance economy towards the private sector. No inidication given that the voluntary and community sector will be included in LEPs remit.
  • VAT Increased

    MPs vote 321 to 246 in favour of the Coalition's plan to increase VAT to 20 per cent from January next year. An amendment to exclude charities from the increase was defeated. CTG estimates this will cost the sector £140 million a year.
  • Big Society ministerial committee

    Francis Maude will chair a ministerial committee on the Big Society.
  • Regional Strategies revoked by CLG.

    Regional Strategies revoked by CLG.
  • Spending Review launched

    The Chancellor, George Osborne, launches the spending review asking the general public and public sector workers for their ideas on how to curb public spending. The Spending Review, which will set out how much each department will have to spend will be published on 20 October.
  • NHS reorganisation

    The Department of Health publishes a white paper setting out the Government’s long term vision for the NHS which includes moves to hand commissioning responsibilities to clinicians.
  • Big Society Bank

    During Cabinet Office questions, Nick Hurd said that the Big Society Bank would be established by April 2011
  • NHS and the voluntary sector

    Andrew Lansley promises NHS reforms will produce opportunities for the voluntary sector.
  • Big Lottery Fund

    DCMS announces that the voluntary and community sector’s share of ‘good cause’ money from the Big Lottery Fund will be reduced from 50 per cent to 40 per cent in September. They also guarantee that 100% of the money from the Big Lottery Fund will go direct to the voluntary and community sector.
  • Big Society Bank capital

    Government sources say the Big Society Bank will start with between £60m and £100m.
  • PM speech on Big Society

    The PM gives a key note speech in Liverpool on what the Big Society means and how it will be realised, announcing that community groups in four areas will receive advisory assistance and a team of civil servants from CLG.
  • Big Society round table

    The first Big Society Round Table, attended by CLG Ministers and representatives from 15 community organisations, took place in London
  • PM launches National Citizen Service

    The Prime Minister announces plans to launch National Citizen Service pilots for young people.
  • Refocusing Big Lottery funds

    In a Westminster Hall debate, DCMS Minister John Penrose said Big Lottery Fund money will be refocused away from statutory bodies back to voluntary groups.
  • Cabinet Office publishes reform plans

    The Cabinet Office has published a Political Reform Draft Structural Reform Plan which addresses its Localism and Decentralisation agenda timeframe.
  • Academies Bill becomes law

    The Academies Bill became an Act of Parliament. This paves the way for parents, charities and other organisations to set up controversial Swedish-style "free schools".
  • CLG localism inquiry

    The CLG select committee announces an inquiry into the Government’s plans for localism.
  • DWP launches consultations

    The DWP launched its ‘21st Century Welfare’ and ‘The Work Capability Assessment’ consultations.
  • DCMS launches Big Lottery consultation

    DCMS launches a consultation on the change to policy direction for the Big Lottery Fund.
  • Pathfinder mutuals launched

    The first wave of Pathfinder mutuals, to be run by entrepreneurial public sector staff, who want to take control of their services, announced by Cabinet Office.
  • Audit Commission scrapped

    Eric Pickles announces plans to scrap the Audit Commission.
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