Sir Stuart Etherington has produced a wide-ranging report in which he sets out 18 recommendations to improve civil society.
Voluntary Action: A Way Forward, which Etherington produced in a personal capacity while on leave from his role as chief executive of NCVO, has been published through the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School.
Etherington argues that given the scale of the national debt, society must develop a new model in which civil society plays a greater role. “The answer surely has to be a renaissance of personal responsibility,” he says. “We should be in no doubt about the size of that change. “Crudely put, civil society has to double in size or more. Clearly in the short term this is impossible, but across several decades there is potential to do so.”
His recommendations to make this happen include reform of the Big Lottery Fund, a new permanent endowment based on money received from dormant assets, reform of public sector procurement, and a universal basic income.