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'Building A Better Future Through Civic Partnership'

The Centre for Inclusive Futures is a small London-based development agency with the mission of supporting efforts to develop sustainable communities which include everyone as equal citizens.

Laird Ryan
28 July 2015

Its director, David Towell, has published a series of short articles which aspire to offer resources for local leaders actively engaged in advancing this mission. It has recently issued Building A Better Future Through Civic Partnership, a pamphlet which offers a framework for civil society associations and local government to work together in improving their localities.

Other resources include Networking For Social Change, a complementary pamphlet (based on fieldwork in Colombia), and a full review of Robin Hambleton's excellent book Leading The Inclusive City. This and other material is available on-line in the Library of the Centre for Welfare Reform here.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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