Public Sector

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Given that many of the jobs lost in manufacturing over the last forty years - it now accounts for less than 10% of the economy - were in 'traditional' areas of the country such as the North East and North West, to name but two, any increase in jobs that require making real things, as opposed to the service sector, would be welcome.

Osbo's Public Sector Cuts Will Be The Biggest In 50 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's austerity agenda will see the public sector suffer the biggest cuts in fifty years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. ...

Salford Police to Online Harasment Victims: 'Close Your Facebook Account'

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

A Greater Manchester Police force came under fire yesterday for appearing to downplay the seriousness of online harassment. In a Facebook status, GMP Salford East posted: "If you are being 'Harassed' on facebook please follow these instructions: 1. Close your facebook account".

Culture, or Cancer Research?

John Nickson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
John Nickson

The idea that a British Government Minister should think it necessary to make a speech about the importance of culture must astonish Germans. For them, culture is as natural as breathing. The British have also made an exceptional contribution to culture and continue to do so but our reputation for philistinism in high places continues.

"Seeing the Big Picture" How Visual Analytics Technology Helps Law Enforcement Get to Grips with Crime

Joanne Taylor | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Tech
Joanne Taylor

Like many organisations across the public sector, law enforcement agencies are expected to continuously improve their performance. Even when crime levels are low or falling, isolated failures are often put in the spotlight. This can in turn adversely impact public perceptions and decision-makers' reactions.

Austerity Is No Excuse for the Public Sector to Fail Employees With Cancer

Ciaran Devane | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

For people with cancer, being able to continue in or return to work can help them reclaim their life from the disease. It can provide a return to normality, restore their identity and self-esteem, and ease financial worries. But at Macmillan Cancer Support we know that people with cancer often face difficulties at work after their diagnosis. More than four in 10 people who are working when diagnosed have to make changes to their working lives, with almost half of them changing jobs or leaving work. There are more than 100,000 people of working age diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.

The Benefit Cap is Turning People's Lives Upside Down

Mark Serwotka | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

Who would have thought it? Cutting people's benefits, when there are almost 14 times as many jobseekers as jobs, hasn't sent them all rushing back to work and is causing misery for those families at the sharp end of austerity. The Chartered Institute of Housing's report into the impact of the benefit cap in one area of London confirms what any reasonable person would have guessed. But the headline, that the cap is struggling to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money, is I think rather generous.

Is Public Sector Pay Still Too High?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

Public sector pay is set to be squeezed further after 2015 as the government has been "too soft in the past" on keeping it in check, the Treasury's to...

GP at Your iService

Jeff Wollen | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Tech
Jeff Wollen

From health equipment to digital records, Britain has made huge strides over the past few years to modernise and revolutionise the NHS. In the age of austerity, the NHS needs to move with the times and use technology to become leaner and better.

Can Private Sector Methods Work in the Public Sector?

Deep Sagar | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics
Deep Sagar

The non-lazy and inconvenient answer for the public sector is to learn from the private-sector that approval of just two people matters - customers and shareholders. For that to happen sustainably clear targets to make customers satisfied so that either they come back again or recommend to others is crucial.

Networking in the Public Sector

Harry Freedman | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Freedman

A good networker makes sure they have the right contacts and that their contacts are aware of what they have to offer. You can make contacts in many different ways, through introductions at work, through social media or through events or conferences. But however you make your contacts, you choose them for the right reasons.

A Better Way of Working

Jeroen Hoencamp | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Jeroen Hoencamp

Better ways of working would save the average employee five productive hours a week, which works out, in average salary terms, to around £4,200 per employee per year. Employers would also save £650 per employee on the cost of the desk space they occupy, and £100 on printing. The country as a whole would gain £6.9billion year in working hours gained.

If Wages Alter Performance, Let's Give Nurses £60,000 a Year

Danielle Lowe | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Perhaps if MPs were paid the same amount as many people in the country, they would be able to understand them more and in fact then be able to make laws that people can relate to and appreciate.

Politicians Face Backlash Over Proposed £10,000 Salary Increase

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are braced for a major public backlash on Thursday when a deal that would see their pay soar by almost £10,000 is unveiled. The Independent Parli...

Why Are HMRC Workers To Go On Strike?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of months of industrial action by civil servants in a row over...

Millions Spent On Gagging Orders For Public Officials

PA | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics

Almost 5,000 public servants may have been given pay-offs involving gagging orders when they left their posts, figures have revealed. Some 200 staf...

Thousands Of Civil Servants In Budget Day Walkout

PA | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK

Budget 2013 live : Follow George Osborne's announcement here with our 'At A Glance' guide to all the big decisions on the economy. Civil servants h...

As the Benefits of Employee Ownership Come to the Fore in the Public and Private Sectors, Should Charities Also Look to Transition to Employee Owned Models?

Will Prochaska | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Will Prochaska

Increasing employee ownership and engagement is clearly a good social policy, but what excites hardnosed business brains is its irrefutable impact on a company's bottom line. Employee owned businesses are known to provide higher levels of customer satisfaction, better quality services, lower staff turnover, better levels of innovation, and they are more resilient.

Reconnecting Residential Child Care 2013

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Stanley

We must challenge conventional but inaccurate thinking about our children's homes. The unremittingly negative image of children's homes just isn't found in real life.

Turning Demographic Data Into Valuable Insight

Simon Dennis | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Dennis

So what does this tell us? Well, while the census is an incredibly valuable tool for the government, providing a ten-year view of population data only paints part of the picture. If the government wants to be able to make smarter and more informed policy decisions, rather than retrospective analysis, it will need to be able to monitor demographic data in much more frequent intervals.

IFS Warn Of More Welfare Cuts And Taxes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Politics

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that further welfare cuts and tax rises are "on the cards" if the Chancellor is to meet ...

Are You Affected By Osborne's Pension Tax Relief Cuts?

Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK

Entrepreneurs, managerial public sector workers and those made redundant will suffer as a result of the cuts to pension tax relief, announced in the g...

We Need to Talk More About Religion

Dr Matthew Francis | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Matthew Francis

I have sat with Muslims who drink alcohol, those who won't be in the same room as alcohol, and those who don't mind having a chat whilst I drink alcohol. But I asked, knowing that there are restrictions to do with alcohol within Islam, and I respected the answer.

Superfast Broadband - Coming to a Street Near You?

Dominic Baliszewski | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Tech
Dominic Baliszewski

But wait just a minute - 90% of households? What about the other 10%? Will they be left to endure infuriating pauses as attempts to stream last night's EastEnders are thwarted by intermittent 'buffering'? The truthful answer, regrettably, is yes they probably will.

What Can Tesco's Terry Teach the Government?

Thomas Morris | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Politics
Thomas Morris

In short, Leahy sees that the public's view of what they actually want from their government is more often ignored than not. And while some of the best private companies embrace the service ethos of the public sector, the efficiency of the former is rarely taken up by the latter.