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Reciprocity in the Co-Production of Public Services: The Role of Volunteering through Community Time Exchange?

Burgess, G; Durrant, D; (2019) Reciprocity in the Co-Production of Public Services: The Role of Volunteering through Community Time Exchange? Social Policy and Society , 18 (2) pp. 171-186. 10.1017/S1474746418000076. Green open access

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Abstract

Time Credits are a form of community currency based upon the reciprocal exchange of time and represent an interpretation of ‘time banking’ by a UK social enterprise, Spice. This article sets out the contribution made by research on Time Credits to the theory and practice of co-production in public services. Time Credits are intended to improve wellbeing through volunteering and ultimately increase economic participation. There is a focus on communities exhibiting high levels of deprivation within a small Cambridgeshire town (Wisbech, UK) which is geographically isolated and characterised by low-skilled, agri-food based employment opportunities that attracted high levels of inward migration from the A8 EU accession countries. In separating the rhetoric from the reality of co-production, the research aims to shed some light upon the extent to which such initiatives can realistically engender a shift towards a more reciprocal economy in the context of an ongoing programme of fiscal austerity.

Type: Article
Title: Reciprocity in the Co-Production of Public Services: The Role of Volunteering through Community Time Exchange?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000076
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746418000076
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Co-production, Social Enterprise, Reciprocity, Austerity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069532
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