Public Sector

The Public Sector Needs A Reality Check And Should Operate Like A Private Business

Tim Connor | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
Tim Connor

Whilst we can never run the public sector exactly like a business, it can adopt many of its key values such as accountability, transparency and efficiency. If it does this, then the robots just might not take over.

Confusion And Worry Around Social Care In The UK Must Stop

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

In an ideal world, we'd all plan ahead for later life, both for ourselves and our loved ones. In reality, this isn't always possible and certainly isn...

Ministers Are Ducking Responsibility Over Pay

Mark Serwotka | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

This government is far from the strong and stable one we were promised by Theresa May. And while we are not there yet, with more of a concerted and unified campaign from the unions, I believe we can bring an end to the pay cap. But it must mean an end for all public servants and the pay rises that would follow must be pay rises across the board. Nothing else will be acceptable.

If The Tories Don't Learn The Lessons Of Their Failure On Public Services, They're Finished

Lucy Powell | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

In today's Daily Mail, Tory MPs complain that headteachers lost them the election. Wrong. It was their own policies (and inability to change) which lost them the election. Polls after the election estimated that over three quarters of a million people changed the way they voted because of school funding cuts.

The Unarguable Case For Ending The Squeeze On Public Services And Pay

Mark Serwotka | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

It is no longer possible to successfully argue that you can't make these ideas popular. The public understand they are not only possible, they are inevitable. The only question now is, how long will it take the government to catch up?

A Summer Of Discontent

Janet Davies | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

safety. However it is those very concerns that are now taking our focus towards industrial action. The current conditions are driving people out of the profession and putting new people off joining - and patients simply won't get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers

Successful Boards Avoid Artificial Consensus - They Celebrate Diverse Opinions And Robust Debate

John Tizard | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
John Tizard

Boards play a vital role in the governance and leadership of organisations, and to ensure that they fulfil their remit, they have to be boards with the energy, courage, purpose and intellect to make a difference. Good argument fuels success. Pitiful avoidance of differences and fear of different views will sink even the strongest organisation.

The Government Must Act Now To Prevent Critical Nursing Shortages By 2020

Bryan Blears | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Bryan Blears

The reduction in NHS workers from abroad, coupled with the departure of EU workers and a dramatic reduction in British students taking up nursing and midwifery, may result in many more scenes of disastrous conditions in hospitals, with more patients being put at risk waiting on hospital corridors.

Capital Gains?

Dan Corry | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Most of us worry about what is going on with our public services. Operations are cancelled, there are bigger school classes, social care is in crisis, bin collections are less frequent and there are shorter opening hours for services.

Kidney Shaped Love

Melissa Thermidor | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Melissa Thermidor

Whether you're single or coupled up, Valentine's Day is looming. All things pink and fluffy and the annoying singing teddy bear that always seems to a...

The NHS 'Should Be Cherished'

Janet Davies | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Since the Government announced the withdrawal of student funding for would-be nurses last year, we are already hearing of a 20% drop in applications for graduate nursing courses. And the 1% pay cap on salaries is not helping to encourage people into nursing and is making existing nurses reconsider whether they can even afford to continue. If the NHS wants to achieve a clean bill of health, we need to ensure there is adequate staffing, funding, resource and education. The health of the nation is at stake.

That's Just Not British! Why We Need to Start Complaining More

Sarah Willingham | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Sarah Willingham

As Brits we are often so polite that even if we receive shoddy service or experience faulty products, we rarely complain. We smile, thank the person providing us with the terrible meal and go home cross, but simply muttering under our breaths! However it is actually really important to complain so it is time we did more of it...

Community Engagement - What Does It Even Mean?

Bob Morgan | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK
Bob Morgan

In summary - only try to engage with residents if you actually intend to listen to, and value, what they say and can actually help them to achieve what they want to achieve. Obviously I get it right all the time.

How Long Can the UK's Balance of Payments Deficit Continue?

John Mills | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Mills

The UK - and therefore its population - is living way beyond its means. We have a Balance of Payments deficit of about 7% of GDP means that, on average, we are all enjoying a standard of living which is 7% higher than we are earning. To support this unrealistic life-style we are either borrowing from abroad or selling assets to foreign interests year after year on a scale unmatched by any other developed country.

Brexit Can't Be Allowed to Completely Stall Public Service Reform

Andrew Laird | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

My biggest fear is that the referendum result will totally monopolise the time and energy of Ministers and MPs. As a country we cannot afford to slip into another period of nothing happening on the public service reform front. The public would not thank Westminster politicians for three years of nothing but Brexit.

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

'Miserly' Public Sector Pay Rise Compares Pretty Unfavourably With That Of MPs

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

The Government has had its offer of a one per cent pay increase for thousands of public sector workers derided as "miserly", as unfavourable compariso...

Floods Should Be a Wake-up Call as More Severe Public Service Cuts Are Forecast

John Tizard | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The tragic floods in Cumbria and other parts of the north of England and Scotland remind us of the importance of public services and public service. ...

From Librarian to Entrepreneur

Andrew Laird | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

Over the last five years, library services have been among the hardest hit by local authority budget cuts. Despite the Chancellor's summer budget reve...

Despicable Budget by a Despicable Government

Mark Serwotka | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

George Osborne has always been described as a "political chancellor", as if there was really any other kind. But his first Tory-only budget confirmed he is more than comfortable with the nasty politics of division and hypocrisy.

Civil Service Staff Numbers Under the Coalition Government, 2010 to 2015

Emily Andrews | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK Politics
Emily Andrews

The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show the number of civil servants as of March 2015. Emily Andrews and Gavin Freeguard of th...

Let's Give More Control to Residents and Local Volunteers to Help Create Positive, Lasting Change for Our Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Volunteering to help others can have diverse benefits both for us as individuals and for those we volunteer with. It can increase people's confidence, boost wellbeing and help strengthen the fabric of society. There is increasing recognition of this from policy makers too. Take for example, the Government's pledge to offer up to three days' paid volunteering in companies employing over 250 staff - a move which could provide new opportunities to around 15 million staff.

Technology and the UK Elections

Adam Fisch | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

Each party has to a greater or lesser degree included some mention of technology in their manifestos, but not enough focus has been applied and there are and will be issues the next government will have to address.

Fashionably Late? The Industries Only Just Joining the Social Media Party

Jackson Rawlings | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jackson Rawlings

It's a natural state of affairs; all technology adoption is on a bell-curve: you have early adopters 'ahead of the curve' and late adopters who wait until it becomes almost essential. Let's take a look at some of the industries who very much on the late adoption side of the curve for social media.

Armed Police

Mike Pannett | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Mike Pannett

The Times and Telegraph both spookily comment on the 'Americanisation' of our traditional way of policing, and I'm sorry, but that's just plain daft. In perspective there are a mere handful of armed response crews out and about on patrol in the UK, and this bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to any US policing model.