Regular readers will be aware that we have been trying to stay abreast of new documents that have a direct relevance to Covid-19 recovery planning (see all posts).
What this reveals is that in England, Covid-19 recovery planning is still seen primarily as economic recovery, with an emphasis on business. Rather than the government, it is other organisations — ourselves included — that are arguing that economic recovery has to have a more joined-up approach in which economic, social and community recovery are seen as interconnected and on an equal footing.
Contrast this with Scotland, where the Scottish Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Economic Recovery has just published its report, Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland (June 2020).
This report argues for what it calls a “wellbeing economy” and recognises the vital contribution the third sector makes to this. It locates social purpose organisations at the heart of economic recovery.
The report says that the Scottish Government must take action “to protect the capacity and financial sustainability of the third sector, in recognition of its important role in building and strengthening social capital” and that this should include examining “the scope for longer-term funding arrangements for services; more flexible and collaborative approaches to procurement; and new ways to incentivise private investment in the sector”.
If only we were seeing such an enlightened approach being advocated by our own government.
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