The Case of Tony Hickmott and the underground railway of caring in the uk

Featured Image: Tony Hickmott and parents at 13: when he was 26 he was deprived of his liberty, incarcerated in a Assessment and Treatment facility that changed ownership, managership and client group many times during his eighteen years of incarceration In Black History month it’s worth thinking about the parallels of the underground railway that […]

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social renting tenants and landlords working together: MTVH Customer voice one of many change makers

At MTVH (Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing) in Nottingham and the East Midlands, there’s an awareness of how all the teams that make the organisation need to work together with tenants that’s being rolled out across the new tenant engagement platform.  It’s called Customer Voice and I think it’s come at a time where it’s part of a wider social recognition that […]

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Moving into a Do No Harm Culture: Housing

Featured image and images in the article from David Whitfield’s Evening Post article on social housing in Nottingham 08:00, 13 JAN 2019 UPDATED 08:31, 17 AUG 2020 4.4 million people rent social housing: individual, group, company, voluntary and charitable landlords have 5.5 million names on private rented contracts: Generation Rent calculate that when family members […]

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Any new deal must consider the aspirations of working class communities

The New Deal Labour consultancy in the early 2000’s instead of furthering participatory democracy failed because it gave the money of the New Deal, the opportunities, to the professional middle class and did nothing to change gig and gang labour and agency work for working class communities.  During the New Deal it wouldn’t have been […]

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we need to write neighbourhood history in the same way we write bids for inward investment

We need to write the neighbourhood in the same way that we write the bid for big projects: thinking about the constituencies there, the culture, the history, the connections, networks, links, locally, regionally, nationally, internationally.  There’s a history of democracy that we should have been tracing as we grew our economy following and bringing to […]

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Neighbourhoods: consultants with an understanding of democracy needed

When we think about regenerating neighbourhoods we need to let the sun in not consultants, British experts who for example, visited US projects from the late 80’s and 1990’s then presided over the closure of great working class schools, bussing working class children into new areas without capacity to meet their educational needs. If there […]

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We need to re-brand all the neighbourhoods of Nottingham: refind the value and capacity there

When we talk about regeneration, productivity and prosperity the smartest, most modern thing we can do is include everyone across neighbourhoods, create a full work economy and wipe out debt. Changing a culture of exclusion and false elites that have developed over longer than seventy years into a more balanced, just, prosperous and peaceful economy […]

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How do we resolve the democratic deficit in the right way? Sep 2022

As a people we probably all know the answers: we’ve come across them in the past.Look at the wall of the Walworth Clinic (below)  How then to begin to resolve the democratic deficit in the right way? We have the most brilliant system potentially but it’s hidden from view, we’re denied access to make the system represent more people, more of the time. Consecutive governments […]

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