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COVID-19 – Community ownership should play a key role in local recovery

COVID-19 has rocked local public services and communities to their core. Writing in the MJ, Andrew Laird sets out how there is now an opportunity to change how local areas are organised. Councils, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector have responded by moving faster in two months than in the last decade. They…

Local authorities can make mutual aid a positive legacy of COVID-19

MV’s new report argues says that councils can encourage and promote the work of mutual aid groups to create more resilient neighbourhoods for the long term – download here. In response to COVID-19, there has been an upsurge in ordinary people wanting to do something to contribute in their neighbourhoods. This has included the creation…

After Covid-19, public services must be powered by people

Jamie McMahon argues that we must use the Covid-19 crisis to build public services powered by people, and not just return to business as usual. If there is one silver-lining to the tragedy of the Covid-19 emergency, it is the collective understanding and recognition of the importance of public services. For so many, the opportunity…

Three truths about public services laid bare by Covid-19

At times of crisis, we find out what we are made of. Over the last six weeks, we have learnt that our country and our economy is built around public services. It is thanks to care assistants, nurses, bin men, doctors, paramedics, bus drivers and social workers, alongside supermarket staff, delivery drivers and worker in…

Violence Reduction Units and Family Hubs – an opportunity for joint working

MV’s Ed Stroud reflects on how Violence Reduction Units and Family Hubs can collaborate to create ‘end to end’ support for young people. COVID-19 has demonstrated the ability of an epidemic to move rapidly between people who come into contact with one another. It would be easy to think that there is little similarity with…

Innovation is only as good as the system in which it operates – reflections on the 2020 Intelligent Health conference

MV’s Umar Majid reflects on February’s Intelligent Health Conference in London – asking what we can learn from the best innovations in AI technology being implemented in the NHS. Technology driven innovations are the supposed gateway to more effective models of care. But there’s a problem. It seems we’ve become really good at the ‘making…

Time for towns to grab their own reins

MV’s Jamie McMahon reflects on his experience of East Midlands towns and how communities across the UK have the chance to seize the initiative and shape their own futures. “Welcome to [insert name here]” reads the road sign of a typical Midlands coalfield town. The kind of town that has a train station served once…

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