Public Sector

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 09.07.2015 | 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 19.06.2015 | 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 11.06.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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.

A Food Chain of Victimhood: The Metropolitan Police, the Boy With Down's Syndrome and a Feckless Austerity

Karl Davis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Austerity, and online petitions have much in common. Both are dominant online topics, and both have a polarising effect on opinion as to whether they can ever truly yield successful outcomes. Petitions seem to be becoming the reposte of choice for those affected by the worst effects of austerity, and today I read about a case that exemplifies this brilliantly.

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.