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Marjorie Mayo, Gerald Koessl, Matthew Scott, and Imogen Slater

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311027

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311027.001.0001

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Ethos and values

Ethos and values

Chapter:
(p.34) (p.35) Three Ethos and values
Source:
Access to justice for disadvantaged communities
Author(s):

Marjorie Mayo

Gerald Koessl

Matthew Scott

Imogen Slater

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447311027.003.0004

Chapter three opens by focussing upon debates on ethics and values with a particular focus on debates on the public service ethos and whether this is being undermined by public service modernisation agendas. This sets the context for the discussion of Law Centres’ own distinctive ethos and professional values, drawing upon original research into the views and experiences of staff and volunteers in Law Centres in England. Law Centres were highly committed to the values associated with access to justice for all, regardless of the ability to pay and/ or other social disadvantages. In addition, they were strongly committed to working with disadvantaged communities to promote human rights and social justice agendas more widely, with an emphasis upon working holistically, collaboratively and in preventative ways to achieve these aims. These goals were potentially challenging to achieve at the best of times, let alone in the current context. On the contrary, government policies were being geared towards the promotion of competition and the increasing use of market mechanisms more generally.

Keywords:   public service ethos, public service modernisation agenda, Law Centres, professional values, justice for all

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