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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group


Publication details for Professor Tony Chapman

Chapman, Tony & Hunter, Jack (2017). Third Sector Trends in the North of England. Manchester, IPPR North.

Author(s) from Durham


The north of England has a rich and vibrant civil society. In the past, that
strong civil society produced radical solutions to tackle social problems,
including the establishment of co-operatives, mutual societies and trade
unions. More recently, as the welfare state has found itself unable to
tackle social issues alone, civil society has been strengthened by its
voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises – which,
taken together, are commonly referred to as the ‘third sector’. Reliance
on the third sector to find and deliver social solutions is stronger than
ever as the North is undergoing considerable change, in response to –
and as part of – longstanding economic and cultural trends.
IPPR North is currently leading a programme of research on the future of
civil society in the North. This will initiate and assemble a coherent evidence
base to help inform and shape local, regional and national policymaking
regarding the role of civil society in the north of England. As part of that
programme of work, this report presents groundbreaking new evidence
on the state of the third sector in the north of England in 2017.