We need a system of choice in public services which can genuinely tackle inequality, says David Boyle.
August 2013 - NewStart
In the midst of rapid societal changes, equality is often going in the wrong direction. Can new approaches to public services close the gap? A series of articles from leading thinkers in the UK provides ideas and inspiration.
Progressive procurement policies which are receptive to and considerate of local fairness can have a number of advantages as regards creating and safeguarding local jobs, boosting local economies and advancing equality and fairness in service provision and in principles of equality within the supply chain.
Last week we hosted the second in our series of European regeneration webinars - an experimental series of online discussions funded through the Scottish Government’s learning networks challenge fund.
When Transition Town Totnes was unable to secure funding for a local enterprise incubator, it decided to tap into the resources and goodwill of the local community. As the REconomy Centre prepares for launch, Frances Northrop tells its story.
If you want to grow your income from commercial activity, all you have to do is learn to sell. Your passion for positive social change, or enthusiasm for the work you do will carry you a long way. But what will really turn visitors into regular customers is the ability to sell.
The 'Sharing sh*t practice' session at the Re:Fest UK Festival of Regeneration is an open invitation to discuss another taboo by-product of our humanity – our regeneration failures, mistakes and misjudgements. Everybody makes foul-ups, but it’s apparently in nobody’s interest to admit and discuss them. No, no, no, much better to hush them up so everyone else can make the mistake too.
Three million unemployed was the forecast, but we remain still well below that. Perhaps those still in jobs are happy to have survived? Far from it. The 2012 Skills and Employment Survey shows that there has been a substantial drop in job-related wellbeing in recent years.
Leps are an increasingly important piece within the local governance puzzle and their iterative evolution will accelerate sharply over the next six months. As the roles of Leps are being redefined around the development of strategic plans for European structural funding and the local growth fund, local leaders should take any opportunities to hardwire the connections between growth, jobs and poverty into their mindsets.