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An effective COVID-19 recovery plan requires co-operation

Jamie McMahon outlines five areas where co-operative values and principles can support local authorities in the recovery from COVID-19. A version of this article was originally posted on the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network website. Amongst the tragedy COVID-19, there have been a few reasons for optimism: the new-found appreciation for the work of our public…

Recovering together with communities: ideas to help local authorities plan the COVID-19 recovery

COVID-19 will be a pivotal event for this generation. Public services have an opportunity to reshape themselves around people and communities like never before. As the peak of the crisis passes, now is the time to think about what comes next and what could look different. The response to the pandemic has shown how much…

NHS Providers highlights MV’s support during COVID-19

Mutual Ventures is delighted to be able to offer support to NHS organisations during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery phase. We are included as one of thirteen consultancies highlighted by NHS Providers as supporting trusts through the pandemic. As NHS organisations move from the initial phase of the crisis into recovery and begin to think…

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…

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