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Lily Mellen: I’ve learnt that… equality needs to be more than a word, it must mean real change

Lily’s reflection: I’ve learnt that equality needs to be more than a word, it must mean real change. Every decision made by public services must take into consideration equality, equity and access. The pandemic has illustrated vast inequality in the UK – more action needs to be taken. From disparities in catching COVID-19 among Black,…

What public services can learn from other responses to the pandemic

Emmet Regan argues that the experience of COVID-19 has demonstrated that and that public services have lots to learn from other sectors. A version of this article was originally published in the MJ on Tuesday 9th March 2021. Over the course of the pandemic, there have been some incredible examples of local communities coming together…

Our support for local authorities’ response to the Breathing Space scheme

Mutual Ventures and our partner xantura are pleased to offer a new service to provide people struggling with problem debt and wider vulnerabilities with a period of protection from debt collection activities The Government’s Debt Respite Scheme (or ‘Breathing Space’) gives someone in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors. The legislation…

Michael Wyatt: I’ve learnt that… empowering front-line staff is a powerful tool to improve public services

Michael’s reflection: I’ve always felt like I can generate more change, and deliver positive outcomes for my community, if my superiors give me the freedom to make my own decisions, and to act fast where necessary. It shows that they are confident in my ability to do a job. There are many ways senior leaders…

Laura Power-Wharton: I’ve learnt that… personalised services work best and not to make assumptions about services users

 Laura’s reflection: I’ve learnt not to make assumptions about service users, and that the best services are personalised. These points sound like common sense, but when you’re trying to design and implement services, it is far too easy to jump to solutions based on your own knowledge, experience and prejudices. To assume you know…

Catch up on our webinar: Your options for provider collaboration within your Integrated Care System (ICS)

Catch up on our webinar, produced in partnership with Bevan Brittan LLP, where we explore the implications of the Department for Health and Social Care’s proposals for integrated care. In February the DHSC published its proposals for a Health and Care Bill. This includes a goal for joined-up working at ‘place’ level, underpinned by ‘place…

Levelling Up through Community Ownership

Andrew Laird welcomes the announcement of the government’s new Community Ownership Fund and its potential to be a catalyst for change in local areas. A version of this article was originally published in the MJ on 5th March 2021. Rishi Sunak used the Budget to resurrect an exciting proposal which featured in the 2019 Government…

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