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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 – 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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Councillor Tom Hayes – Co-operative Solutions to our Climate Crisis

24th February, 2021 / Andrew

Indeed, there isn’t a problem facing local government today to which there isn’t a co-operative solution, and that’s especially true of our climate crisis. Oxford City Council is proud to be a climate leader. We stand alongside our community of co-operative councils in proposing co-operative and hopeful solutions to our shared crisis.  A few days ...

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Steve Reed OBE, MP – Making Britain more equal isn’t just a moral imperative; it’s our patriotic duty

5th February, 2021 / Nicola, CCIN

Local government has done an extraordinary job in getting communities through the Covid-19 pandemic.  In a very real sense, they have become the fourth emergency service – but they have been hampered by a Conservative government whose incompetence and indecision has held them back and let them down. They have wasted £22bn of taxpayers’ money ...

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