Publications

Better data, bigger impact: A review of social sector data

Nearly half a million social sector organisations in the UK play a vital role in sustaining our society and economy, but a serious paucity of data is preventing the social...


Spending Review and Budget Submission

Five key areas in which we believe government action could strengthen the social sector’s foundations.


Summary of responses: unleashing the potential of civil society

In this call for evidence, charities, community groups, social enterprises, volunteers, policymakers, business leaders and academics provided their ideas as to how the potential of civil society can be unleashed.


Purpose: On Parallel Tracks

Great things can happen when civil society and the private sector team up, but the scale of engagement needs to be boosted. New research about the benefits that come when...


Taking account: the case for establishing a UK social economy satellite account

We know that the social sector plays a vital role in the wellbeing of our country. It also plays a vital role in our economy. But currently, we know very...


Third pillar, not gap filler

By examining what civil society provides that government and business do not, we aim to make the case for civil society to sit alongside, rather than exist as an afterthought...


Supporting effective volunteering for the 2020s

This note is the first of a series of summaries we’ll be publishing from the Law Family Commission on Civil Society's call for evidence on unleashing the potential of civil...


What is civil society?

Civil society is a term that’s widely used, rarely agreed upon, and not always understood – and it often means different things to different people. This page sets out clearly...


What’s missing? Evaluating social sector data gaps

As part of the Law Family Commission on Civil Society, PBE is investigating the role and potential for better data about social sector organisations, with a particular focus on charities.


Levelling Up: On the right track?

With each new announcement, it becomes clearer what levelling up really means. It also raises new questions as to whether the government will truly be able to improve people’s lives...


In the Public Eye: snapshot of public attitudes towards civil society

To mark the launch of the Law Family Commission on Civil Society, we commissioned YouGov to provide a snapshot of public attitudes towards civil society in November 2020.


Essay collection: Civil Society, Unleashed

21 thinkers, activists, professionals, writers and academics across the public, private and social sectors were asked the same question: ‘How do we unleash the potential of civil society in the...


Civil Action: exploring civil society’s potential in the 2020s

The Commission's aim is to achieve both concrete change and a broader shift in attitudes about civil society – all with a view to removing the constraints that hold the...