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RIO helps Whitehall connect policy with practice

By 4th December 2013 No Comments

A civil servant who spent time with RIO believes input from organisations like ours could offer useful lessons to policy makers.

Ben Connah from the Minitry of Justice spent time with RIO at Devonport Guildhall, discussing projects across the region as part of a Big Lottery Fund and Institute of Government backed initiative called ‘Connecting Policy with Practice’.

The programme saw officials from a number of Government departments spending time with voluntary organisations providing frontline services to help them better understand the impact that their policies have on the most vulnerable in society.

Speaking to the BBC about his experience, Connah said his time with RIO had made him aware of the variety of organisations providing help to victims of crime which were not getting any of the limited state funding available.Their input, said Connah, could offer useful lessons as more powers and funding for victim support are delegated to police commissioners.

Lindsey Hall, Director at RIO welcomed Ben Connah’s comments. She said “As a third sector organisation we often find ourselves in a position of joining up a range of initiatives, funding streams and policy areas to respiond to the multiple and complex needs of real people. “What has been brilliant about the ‘Connecting Policy and Practice’ programme has been the opportunity to work with senior civil servants and debate how to square the circle between the way people live and the the political pressures of Whitehall. “This programme has come up with a set of lessons, one of which is the need to keep talking to each other. We’d be delighted if civil servants continue to come and vist us and see the great work happeneing here.”

For the full article click here. Source: BBC News

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