Public Service

Holding Down Public Servants' Pay Is Now An Electoral Liability Not A Responsible Spending Policy

Frances O’Grady | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

It's time to end real terms pay cuts for all public sector workers. 5.5m hardworking public servants need it. Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP promised it. Conservative voters want it. Her own MPs are persuaded of it. The PM should just tell the Treasury to get on with it.

West-Midlands Devolution And The Potential For Public Services

Andrew Laird | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

In May, the people of the West Midlands will vote for their first democratically elected "Metro Mayor". This is all part of a devolution deal struck w...

May's Good Government

Adrian Brown | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Adrian Brown

Theresa May's speech at the Tory Party Conference espousing "the good that government can do" has been interpreted as a political land-grab reposition...

Are Elected Mayors An Opportunity Or Threat For Social Enterprise?

Andrew Laird | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

These are going to be uncertain and challenging times for social enterprises and mutuals and the government must be vigilant as it settles devolution deals. We must all be wary of the unintended consequences of devolution and be careful not to undo the fantastic progress that has been made building up the social enterprise and mutual sector.

Theresa May Gives the Stamp of Approval to Public Service Mutuals

Andrew Laird | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

So public service mutuals are already serious players in the public service market place - but with the momentum now building (not to mention support from the incoming PM), mutuals could be set to play an even bigger role. Exciting times ahead.

Public Service Staff Need Safe Space to Learn From Mistakes

Andrew Laird | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

The crux of it is that someone has to feel confident that they will be supported and treated fairly if they openly admit a mistake

Libraries in Dire Straits - Time for New Thinking

Andrew Laird | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

It's not going to be a huge surprise to many people that traditional council library services are in dire straits. As funding has been squeezed, services like children's and adults' social care are naturally being prioritised over non-essential services.

Public Services Need a Dose of Maverickism

Andrew Laird | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

I believe the next five years will see the full emergence of a new breed of individual: the Public Service Entrepreneur. These will be people who are passionate about public services but know that there is a more entrepreneurial way to get the social outcomes they are working their socks off to achieve. They don't want to submit to the unhelpful aspects of an often over-bureaucratised system, they want to by-pass it altogether and spend their time finding new ways to solve the problems of their service users.

Devolution Is as Much About Sharing Power as Gaining It

Andrew Laird | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

The Government is studiously avoiding prescribing how devolution and integration should happen - but it is already clear that those who are thinking bigger than just their own local area will be more successful in their negotiations. So yes, fight for more power for your local area - but to maximise your 'devolution dividend', you must be ready to share it.

Spending Review 2015: It's All About the 'Devolution Revolution'

Andrew Laird | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

Local leaders should grab this opportunity with both hands and take advantage of the chance to used pooled budgets to properly join-up services so they make more sense to the wider public. For their part, the Government certainly don't seem to be putting any false restrictions on ambition.

Disarming Our Culture: Why the Science Museum Must End Its Support for the Arms Trade

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The Science Museum in London is among the most popular tourist attractions in the country, but on Monday 14 July it will be opening its doors to some of the biggest arms companies and most oppressive regimes in the world.

A Chance to Escape

Iain Hasdell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Iain Hasdell

The NHS is consistently excellent in some of what it does. Overall, as the Commonwealth Fund International Ranking testifies, it performs very well if compared to equivalent services overseas. But, there are huge unjustified regional variations in the effectiveness of the NHS within the UK in services such as the treatment of diabetes.

Public Services We Can Believe In

Dan Gregory | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

The taxpayer it seems, doesn't actually like privatisation very much. Successive governments have often been to the right of the taxpayer, outsourcing regardless of a public mandate, not least in the NHS.

Why We Need Woman vs The State (UK)

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the outsourcing giant G4S' flailing track record to deliver on public service contracts have been exploding across our newspapers, blogs and screens.

Is Teaching Public Service in School the Answer to Fixing 'Broken Britain'?

John Walmsley | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
John Walmsley

Ever since the riots blazed across UK streets and TV sets worldwide last year, debate has raged on the catalyst that sparked an estimated 15,000 individuals to become one angry mob. Around 70% of the London 2011 rioters were under the age of 24 so identifying a root cause could well help stop these scenes happening again.

Is Bland Careerism Killing Politics?

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Labour lost 16 million votes in the 2010 general election. There are local elections in just under one month's time. This is Labour's opportunity to show people that we are on their side, that we share their struggles and their fears. Too many people feel ignored by the political class.

Sky's March of Destiny

Sri Sritharan | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Sri Sritharan

For Bart Simpson read Christina Hendricks; for Graham Gooch, Lewis Hamilton. Sky's halcyon days of the nineties are back like the ghost of a svelte Richard Keys. We're about to see if the March of 2012 buys them another twenty years to finally usurp all in British broadcasting.

Why Can't Companies Have 'Social' as Well as 'Limited' Liability?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

In today's free market economy, there has to be a role of government whereby the principles of competition and improved customer delivery, particularly in the public services, are defined and refined for the greater good of society as a whole - and that part-owned private companies can be structured to be liable to perform to this greater good.

Public Finances: It's A Bitter Pill - But What Does It Look Like?

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

Like most people who listen to Today every morning, who read the Guardian, who love Robert Peston and who subscribe to The Economist, I have a reasonable feel for the problems with world debt.

The BBC Should Think Again Before Meddling With BBC4

David Skelton | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK
David Skelton

The report suggests that the BBC is keen to preserve BBC3 instead of BBC4. The channel is home of such anti public service programmes as the repellent "Geordie Finishing School For Girls" , as well as "Fast Food Baby" and "Underage and Pregnant".