The Conservative Party Summit Round Up
Ambitious Plans for Third Sector Involvement
The Conservative Party Summit was a symbolic moment in the third sector's relationship with the Conservatives, bringing together 10 shadow ministers with over 200 third sector leaders. George Osborne MP spoke of the Conservatives’ “ambitious plans for much bigger involvement of the third sector” in delivering public services. He told the audience he was a believer in the third sector’s ability to deliver better outcomes for public service users and ‘enormous savings’ for the public purse. The Shadow Chancellor demonstrated his argument by talking about the third sector’s potential to play a far bigger role in reducing unemployment, reducing reoffending, and improving public health.
A Social Investment Bank
In addition, Francis Maude MP trialed a number of the Conservatives’ manifesto ideas on the third sector, including a commitment to a ‘social investment bank’ to grow the third sector and enable it to play a bigger role in public service delivery. Meanwhile Andrew Lansley, Alan Duncan, Philip Hammond, Andrew Selous, Nick Gibb, Maria Miller and Nick Hurd elaborated on their vision for a bigger third sector role in their policy areas.
Podcasts are now available that show the highlights of the Conservative Third Party Summit which took place on 18 March, London 2010. Watch the podcasts.