The social housing sector’s approach to sustainable procurement can be insular and driven by regulation. The risk here is that the positive, motivating commitment seen in the earlier research is being eroded by a more negative, demotivating compliance approach. Coupled with this, there is little knowledge sharing with suppliers and contractors on sustainable procurement solutions.
June 2012 - NewStart
A study mapping government policies in England shows the importance of understanding the bigger picture, as Cecilia Wong, Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Andreas Schultz-Baing and Brian Webb explain
Imagine a town with no centres. What would this place be? What would its civic DNA be? Imagine economies of scale didn’t work for all people all the time. Imagine community services delivered in the community, where people are and solutions are worked out together.
Between the story about the workshy working age and the hardworking pensioner that earned every penny of their pension/winter fuel payment/bus pass, there is a group of people that policymakers and commentators are conspicuously silent about.
The failure to participate in our democratic institutions is, I believe, tied up with the failure to engage with society generally and it is the biggest problem facing us.
It is about addressing some of the questions about experience, fracture and culture. It would address community development activity, the way that front line professionals and their managers handle their budgets and how problem solving for the area is addressed across a range of services relating to the place and the residents.
Amanda Blinkhorn reports on five weeks in the life of a meanwhile project and finds out why this movement to turn empty shops into hubs of innovation continues to gather momentum
The app will also allow users to work together and unlock discount vouchers for use in co-operative outlets included in the app across the country, including food stores, pubs, restaurants, energy providers and travel companies.
I am leaving the organisation in good hands with a fantastic staff team, a committed board of trustees and an astounding group of members. It will not be easy, we know that, but I hope the organisation will respond to the challenges it faces with resilience, creativity and positivity as has been the case throughout the time I have been there.
The view that ‘market forces’ are insufficient for our needs is significant. It opens the door for public planners to fill this void, in ways which better leverage scarce resources toward greater public outcomes, of the nature I have discussed before. Will we rise to the occasion?