What is clear is that although release of this data has been a long time coming, it is here to stay. At the Community Development Finance Association’s annual conference, treasury minister Sajid Javid stated that the government is looking at how it can go further with the data that banks publish on lending.
March 2014 - NewStart
Collaboration is good for communities and frontline workers, but it’s not an easy process. Dominic Macdonald-Wallace offers a step by step approach.
Pursuing short-term economic growth at all costs defeats the purpose and, while it’s tempting to rush for growth, the primary lesson of the downturn shouldn’t be lost: that not only can the wrong kind of growth be a poor measure of economic progress, but it can also be very fragile and, in the long run, self-defeating.
Far more can be done to increase collaboration among housing associations and other organisations in the social economy.
Procurement should not be a narrow corporate function restricted to local government, nor is localism its primary concern. It sits at the heart of what we want and need from our public services in the future.
Where Bristol lays out its vision as ‘a city where everyone has access to sufficient, affordable low-carbon energy, with active communities across the city generating and managing a significant amount of their energy need’, DECC’s vision remains somewhat opaque.
Our report sets out an alternative strategy. We propose that public services should be ‘local by default’, that they should help people help themselves, that they should focus on underlying purpose rather than outcome, that they should manage value not cost.
It is no surprise that retailers are rushing to cash in on the market with the widely publicized launch last year of pet accessories sections in John Lewis stores. And its not just shops that are after the hound pound. The Metro Bank is proud to declare itself dog friendly, cheerfully announcing that ‘we are all about convenience and being a dog-friendly bank is part of this.
ISSUE 519, MARCH 2014
*SPECIAL FOCUS ON HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS*
In the absence of bold thinking elsewhere it is falling to housing associations to be the innovators of place, bringing local partners together, experimenting with new technology and new types of finance, aligning their procurement pots with their localities, partnering with local health trusts, empowering their residents and speaking on their behalf.