Public Services

Public Services Should Value And Respect Citizens - They Are Not Supermarkets With Consumers

John Tizard | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
John Tizard

Over the last few decades, all governments have seen their stewardship of public services as requiring them to introduce/adopt more and more practices and the language of commercial businesses.

Have We Had Enough Of Public Service "Experts"?

Andrew Laird | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

During the EU Referendum campaign, Michael Gove famously claimed that Britons "have had had enough of experts". The quote is frequently taken out of i...

Building A Sharing Economy With A Social Purpose

Helen Goulden | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Tech
Helen Goulden

The commercial sector has been highly successful in exploiting the power of digital technologies to enable people to participate in the 'sharing' economy. We've seen massive investment in new marketplaces to share homes and cars, enabling people to make and save money.

Tax And Spend Is Dead

Lee Carnihan | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Carnihan

For years I believed the mantra "tax and spend" as though it were a law of physics: indisputable and unquestionable. We have been told that this is h...

Time To Wake Up The Sleeping Sector?

Dan Corry | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Nearly two weeks on, and the dust has still not settled after this rather extraordinary snap election. The Conservatives juggle negotiations for Brexit with negotiations for forming an actual government, and the terrible disaster at Grenfell Tower brings further challenges.

We Need More Devolution Deals - And We Need Them Now

Andrew Laird | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

The manifesto talks about the good government can do. Right now this should involve devolving powers to the relative stability of local government, mayors and combined authorities. This has been the ambition of successive governments - but with Westminster facing its own set of challenges, it is more urgent than ever.

Voting For Our NHS, Schools And Essential Public Services

Linsey Wynton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Linsey Wynton

Visiting the polling station with your parents on election day isn't your traditional family day out. But my son aged six and twins aged four have asked to come along. They know it's also their future we will be voting for.

Will Metro Mayors Bring More Experimentation To Public Services?

Andrew Laird | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

Last week saw the election of the first batch of metro mayors. Areas with a new mayor include the major urban conurbations of Greater Manchester (where former Labour Health Secretary Andy Burnham was successful) and the West Midlands (where former John Lewis boss Andy Street was elected for the Conservatives).

Charities Should Define Their Relationship With The State Before They're Boxed In

John Tizard | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
John Tizard

The role of the state at least in terms of the organising, funding and delivery of public services will undoubtedly be a core issue in the current Gen...

The Political Parties Should Commit To An Enquiry Into Public Service Outsourcing

John Tizard | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

It is both interesting and encouraging that senior politicians have already spoken about public sector outsourcing and contracting in the first week o...

Charities And The VCS Should Get Back To Basics - Pressing Their Case Fearlessly Not Impersonating Outsourcers

John Tizard | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
John Tizard

The next few years are going to be challenging but they offer the opportunity and, I would contend, the necessity for charities and the VCS to go back to basics and the original purpose and press their cause fearlessly.

Putting Human Rights On The Map This March

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Sanchita Hosali

This week, as part of March for Human Rights, the British Institute of Human Rights is putting human rights on the map with a tour of pop-up events f...

What's Stopping Genuine Health And Social Care Integration In England?

Andrew Laird | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

Integrating health and social care make sense. In an ideal world it should mean people spend less time being passed between acute, community and social care services (based on their immediate "need") and ultimately get to spend more time within their own communities and in their own homes. It also makes financial sense in terms of managing demand for expensive hospital beds and services and keeping overall costs down.

Leaders Make Greater Impact When They Are Values Led And Behave Accordingly

John Tizard | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

A few weeks ago when writing a review of Ed Mayo's excellent book - Values - how to bring values to life in your business" on this Huffington Post sit...

We Love The NHS So Much It's Killing Us

William Kløverød Griffiths | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
William Kløverød Griffiths

We need to talk about not only the NHS, but also the language we use about the NHS. Criticising the NHS is too often conflated with criticising the staff who do a marvellous job for the NHS. They are doing fantastic things, but it's often in spite of rather than because of the structure in which they work. Criticising the NHS is not to criticise the doctor who saved your mother's life or the value of modern medicine.

For Too Long We Have Had a System That Fails to Pre-empt Illness

William Kløverød Griffiths | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
William Kløverød Griffiths

For too long we have had a system that reacts to, but fails to pre-empt illness and ill-health; a system that responds, but does not prevent. In order to build a truly 'one nation' legacy Theresa May will need to develop policy that recognises that many of the wider causes of ill health lie upstream of the health and social care systems, not only addressing those with acute need, but preventing people needing that help in the first place.

Public Sector Outsourcing Must Only Involve Ethical Companies

John Tizard | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

This article is not arguing for more outsourcing but it is a call for the public sector to promote a public service ethos and for the business sector to develop and match it with comparable ethical business standards if and when services are outsourced.

Brexit - When Did Unashamed Selfishness Become So Acceptable?

James Downs | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Politics
James Downs

Above all, when we think of the history of Europe before the EU and the present-day context whereby global stability is precarious to say the least, we have to remind ourselves when we vote on the 23rd June that the prosperity of our international relationships is as important as the prosperity of our national wallet - that there are some things worth paying for, like peace.

Tory Austerity Puts Public Services at Risk

Jon Trickett | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

One thing has become abundantly clear over the last few weeks. From the failed Osborne Budget through to the revelations in the Panama Papers last month and the disastrous handling of the steel crisis, this Tory Government isn't standing up for working people.

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.

Brexit and Public Service: We Might a Well Toss a Coin to Decide Our Vote

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

On 23 June 2016, the UK votes in a referendum on whether to stay or leave the European Union (EU). At the present time, opinion polls suggest the resu...

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. ...

Residents and Public Services Can Work Together to Achieve Lasting Change in Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Local Trust supports communities across England to enable residents to take a lead in creating lasting change in their area. We've seen that it can be...

Voluntary and Community Sector - A Movement for Change

John Tizard | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

"We must campaign for social justice, equality and a fairer society. We should not be intimidated by Government, our regulator, public sector funders ...

Let's Release Public Services From the 'Computer Says No' Culture

Andrew Laird | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

There's a widespread discussion going on about how robots, machines and computers are replacing humans in the workplace. I watched the recent Panorama...