The UK is rightly proud of its civil society. But though we have pride in it and trust it, it is undervalued and too often overlooked. Given the right support, resources and policy attention, there is more civil society could achieve.
In December we launched the Law Family Commission on Civil Society – a two-year research and policy programme focused on how civil society can unleash its full potential in the 2020s. In our launch report Civil Action – Exploring civil society’s potential in the 2020s, we set out three broad ambitions for the Commission:
First, we want to make the case very clearly about the scale of civil society’s contribution, not just to society, but to the economy too. That means we need hard numbers about the value of civil society.
Second, we want the three sectors – public, private and social – to work more effectively together, recognising the unique role and value each contributes to achieving the best possible outcomes for the UK. That means building the conversation across all three sectors about what that optimal balance looks like and what role civil society should play in the future of our country.
Third, we want to develop the practical ideas and policy proposals that will help social sector organisations unleash their full potential. That means understanding what currently prevents organisations achieving as much as they possibly could – from funding to capacity building to how volunteers are used – and working with practitioners to develop solutions.
In this call for evidence, we are seeking insights, evidence and examples that will help us understand the current landscape and start developing ideas to achieve these ambitions.
Please use the form below to provide us with your contact information and submit your evidence. For questions 1-9, please submit a written response in the space provided. You do not need to respond to every question. For question 10, please upload up to three files containing evidence pertaining to our call, as well as a brief description of what the evidence contains.