Devolution must not be used to reproduce Whitehall in miniature around the UK. Rick Muir of IPPR considers how we can do things differently for public services.
The opportunity to hand power back to local community networks is too valuable to discount – here’s Manchester native Cath Dillon on her hopes for the devolution agenda.
As I write this, the UK Devolution Summit is in full swing in Glasgow, with leaders from Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool and Scotland taking part. Devolution has been on the agenda for some time now, with support across the political spectrum. At Participle, we’ve seen first hand that when you put power in the hands of local people, good things happen. Continue reading Up the Devolution
The concept of relational welfare, pioneered by the innovative work of Participle, has been gathering political support in recent weeks. The Labour leader Ed Miliband said in his Hugo Young lecture that ‘the challenges facing public services are just too complex to deliver in an old-fashioned, top down way without the active engagement of the patient, the pupil or the parent’. Continue reading Is our politics ready for relational welfare?