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The rapid digitisation of public services in response to COVID-19 needs to be looked at with a critical eye

Jordan Binedell welcomes the rapid adoption of technology in public services but argues that we need to give priority to ensuring those services continue to retain public trust and confidence. In our recent webinar on recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, Damien Allen, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, argued that ‘it is on the edge of…

Giving children in care the best start in life means tackling prejudice head on

Lily Mellen argues that children in care from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds should be given the support they need, and that means challenging prejudice. October marked Black History Month in the UK, as it has done for the last 30 years. It also hosts National Adoption Week, an annual occurrence with campaigns and…

Front-line autonomy in public services is vital to keep pace with COVID-19

Michael Wyatt argues that public sector leaders have a responsibility to empower front-line staff to make decisions to best cope with the rapidly changing context COVID-19 presents. COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented need for public sector organisations to alter service delivery to ensure communities’ health and social care needs are met. Such extreme adaptation has…

To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, we must take the time to understand how local authorities work and the critical role they play

Alissa Davies reflects on a decade working with local government, and why it is uniquely placed to lead us through the current and future crises. This month marks ten years since I started my first job working for a local authority. Having worked for and with local authorities ever since, I’ve been reflecting on what…

Catch up on our webinar – Strategic priorities in and beyond the crisis: how to build back better.

Catch up on our webinar where we consider strategic priorities in and beyond the crisis with a focus on how to build back better. The webinar was hosted by Andrew Laird who was joined by Danny Kruger MP and Damian Allen, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council. Thank you to Danny and Damian for their contributions….

Building back better involves trusting local people – reflections on the CCIN conference

Jordan Binedell and Eliza Hardwick report on this year’s Cooperative Council Innovation Network Conference. Last week, Mutual Ventures was delighted to attend the Cooperative Council Innovation Network Conference (CCIN) and hear from a wide range of speakers. The Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network is a collaboration between local authorities committed to transforming the way they work…

“Building back better”: easy to say, harder to achieve

Agata Miśkowiec and Alissa Davies reflect on how local authorities can recover from the COVID-19 crisis and what is means to ‘build back better’. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world as we know it upside down. The whole nation is facing enormous social and economic challenges. But as we recover, we also have an…

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