Monday, 14 February 2011 09:14

Cameron relaunches his Big Society

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Cameron relaunches his Big Society

DAVID Cameron is re-launching his Big Society initiative, including a scheme to lend money to people who want to provide services.

The Prime Minister will launch the scheme in a speech to social entrepreneurs in London on Monday (14 February).

Mr Cameron is expected to acknowledge the negative headlines surrounding his plans to give local communities more power to deliver services.

But he will insist that he is not going to back down.

The Big Society Bank will provide working capital to help charities and social enterprises bid for government contracts to provide services.

It will include £200m in reserves from high street banks.

Mr Cameron's speech follows a television interview in which he claimed devolving power from Whitehall would benefit rural communities.

"People in the countryside have been frustrated in recent years that their views have not been heard," he told the Country Channel.

Mr Cameron said he applied a "common sense test" in running the country.

Proposals such as the security vetting of parents sharing school lifts were a road block to a bigger society and didn't meet his criteria, he said.

"Ideas like that are ones we have decided to scrap because there is no common sense in such measures," Mr Cameron added.

"The big test of every measure has to be that."

The Prime minister said he wanted to remove regulations and help to build a stronger farming community.

"We want to support rural life," he said.

"That together with making more decisions locally will make a big difference."

Rural initiatives include allowing agricultural buildings to be turned into residential properties.

Promoting schemes that enabled communities to own land to erect cheaper housing could also help to improve the situation.

Talking from his Oxfordshire office, Mr Cameron acknowledged that his constituents saw less of him since he became Prime Minister.

But he now had a greater ability to get things done.

"I still run my surgery on Fridays and do normal things like getting to the shops to meet people," he said.

The full interview can be viewed here.

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