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Cllr Louise Gittins, Cheshire West & Chester: COP26 is a unique opportunity to change how we tackle the climate crisis.

31st October, 2021 / Nicola, CCIN

Next week, I will be attending COP26 in Glasgow with colleagues from the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and I will be speaking at one of the events that are looking at greener transport solutions.  COP26 is a unique opportunity to change how we tackle the climate crisis. It focuses on collaborative working and ...

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Christopher Pope, GMCA – A new tool in your toolbox: the Digital Exclusion Risk Index

25th October, 2021 / Andrew

1.2 million.  That’s how many people we estimate are digitally excluded in Greater Manchester.  That’s a lot. About 42% of our 2.8 million population, all of whom we estimate are limited digital users or non-users. People who can’t access online health consultations. Children who can’t access education. Families who pay more for services when discounts ...

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Benjamin Taylor, PSTA – Tips on making place-based working work

29th July, 2021 / Andrew

At the Public Service Transformation Academy, we’re increasingly working with people doing place-based change, integrated care systems, and ‘integration’ more generally. It’s often repeated that the work to integrate health and social care began on 6 July 1948, and in 2013 I wrote a piece speculating about the success or failure of Community Budgets (the ...

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John Copps, Mutual Ventures – How Community Asset Transfer can help you build stronger, more resilient communities

13th July, 2021 / Andrew

If your council hasn’t considered community asset transfer, why not? asks Mutual Ventures’ John Copps What we all want in our local area are strong, resilient communities. Community assets – whoever owns them – are critical to any well-functioning place and its public services. At the start of July, CCIN launched its new report, Beyond ...

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Cllr Sharon Thompson – Tackling Exempt Accommodation in Birmingham

20th May, 2021 / Andrew

As the cabinet member for housing at the UK’s largest local authority, one thing I quickly learned was that it’s not simply enough to assume that a roof over someone’s head solves all their problems. Tackling homelessness is of course very high on the agenda, but the quality of accommodation and the support on offer ...

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Jonathan Bland, E3M – launching the ‘Procurement to Partnership’ online Toolkit

20th May, 2021 / Andrew

The response to Covid-19 highlighted the importance of social enterprises and the wider social sector in communities across the country, and in some areas has led to innovative new models of partnership. However, all too often, innovation and meeting the needs of people and communities is held back by a rigid application of procurement rules, ...

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Councillor Shabir Pandor – A year of cooperation in our Covid-19 fight

24th March, 2021 / Andrew

This week marked a year since the first national lockdown and it’s been a time where we’ve all reflected on what has been one of the most challenging and testing times for everyone. The many lives lost, the restrictions we’ve lived under and the time we’ve had to spend apart from those we love are ...

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Councillor Helen Holland – We Work for Everyone

4th March, 2021 / Andrew

I was chatting to a local resident over the weekend who was telling me that his job disappeared at the beginning of the pandemic, but that he is now working as a Blood Delivery Driver. Then on one of my regular walks the other day, I saw an advertising hoarding with the fabulous #changelives campaign ...

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