Tag Archives: Local Authorities

First steps to thinking relationally

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.

-Martin Luther King Jr

At Participle, we strongly believe that a 21st century welfare system must work relationally. (In fact we believe it so strongly, that’s what we’ve named our blog.) So what does that look like? Continue reading First steps to thinking relationally

Building local networks for better education: the Compass-NUT Inquiry

The relentless emphasis on the market and league tables, together with the uncoupling of schools, colleges and universities from local authority control over the last 20 years has created a fragmentation of local education services. That’s why we at Compass, in partnership with the National Union of Teachers, have been very busy over the last year conducting interviews, having seminars with students and experts as well as holding national and local events to get to the bottom of the question: How do we build a more equal and democratic model of education? Continue reading Building local networks for better education: the Compass-NUT Inquiry

Is our politics ready for relational welfare?

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?

The NHS can’t do it on its own – communities from inner city London to rural Wales are getting involved

This week saw the second NHS Change Day – a grassroots movement of NHS staff, patients and others who make pledges to do something that they believe will improve patient care. It’s a fantastic project, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people’s motivation to make a difference.

It is increasingly clear that the NHS cannot make the changes needed on its own. With long-term conditions like dementia, diabetes and depression rising, ‘business as usual’ services will soon be overwhelmed. Continue reading The NHS can’t do it on its own – communities from inner city London to rural Wales are getting involved

Caring for the carers: the climate

We’re pleased to welcome guest blogger Heather Wakefield, Head of Local Government at Unison. We believe frontline workers are vital to the success of well-run public services, and we believe in the Living Wage. In this first post, she’ll be laying out the reasons behind the 4 February Day of Protest. In tomorrow’s post, she’ll explain how a decent wage could help local government workers provide services in a more relational way.  Continue reading Caring for the carers: the climate

Relational debt relief: Making debt work for our communities

Every year councils, through high cost debt collection companies, chase outstanding tax/rent from people who unfortunately are not, and perhaps never will be, in any position to pay. Not only does this create cost within the system (chaser letters, county court judgements, court appearances etc), not only is the money recovered a fraction of the actual debt outstanding, but more importantly this grinds down households who may already be locked in a downward spiral and inevitably relying more heavily on the state because of their debt issues. Continue reading Relational debt relief: Making debt work for our communities