Public Sector

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

Sarah Willingham | Posted 17.08.2016 | 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 11.08.2016 | 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 19.07.2016 | 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 26.06.2016 | 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 21.06.2016 | 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 09.12.2015 | 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 28.10.2015 | 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.

Whose State Is It Anyway? Day of Reckoning Over Public Sector Looms

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

It does not have social obligations, but contractual ones; and yet paradoxically, its executives often seem more answerable and responsive than local government officials. Confusion at every turn.

Time to Unleash the Value of Public Sector Data

Simon Dennis | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

Both Government and the public sector are in the enviable position of having lots of data about UK citizens. However, the current culture, systems and processes make it difficult to unlock the insight held within that data to help improve services and drive efficiency.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

Our NHS Is Sick - Big Data Could be the Cure

David Downing | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Tech
David Downing

It recently emerged that the NHS has been ordered to prioritise patients who have endured long waits for routine treatment. However, problems with our health service have been evident since two-thirds of A&E units missed their winter wait time target, despite a mild winter by British standards.

BBC Journalists To Strike On First Day Of Commonwealth Games

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

Thousands of BBC journalists, technicians and other workers are to stage a 12-hour strike next week to coincide with the opening ceremony of the Commo...

Public Sector Strikes: A Defence

Jack McSweeney | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

A government with a selective memory should come as no surprise to anyone, yet on this issue there is a distinct double standard, and this agenda, which trivialises public sector strikes as mere trouble-making, is a grave reflection of a society that undervalues its public services.

Public Sector Workers Are Under Attack From a Government Wrecking Services and Destroying the Lives and Futures of Millions

Matt Wrack | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

Firefighters will join up to two million public sector workers this Thursday as unions come together in co-ordinated industrial action to send a clear message to the government that we have had enough of austerity. Like all other public sector workers, firefighters are under attack from a government which is wrecking our public services and destroying the lives and futures of millions.

One Million Public Sector Workers To Walk Out

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

The Government will today be hit by the biggest strike over pay since it came to power when over a million public sector workers will walk out in bitt...

Even Conservatives Voters Back Public Sector Strike

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

Most members of the public back the right to strike and believe the government is unfairly targeting public sector workers, according to a new poll. A...

200,000 Teachers To Walkout

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

Children across England and Wales are waking up to disruption as teachers stage a one-day walkout in a ongoing row over pay, pensions and working cond...

Another Cloudy Public Spending Debate?

Andrew Carr | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

It's clear that county councils have some major cultural and structural issues to address to enable them to start taking full advantage of new technologies such as the cloud. Until then, I'm afraid, there will be more tut-tutting and exasperated sighs.