Public Services

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

William Kløverød Griffiths | Posted 03.08.2016 | 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 06.07.2016 | 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 21.06.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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 30.03.2016 | 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 23.03.2016 | 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 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. ...

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

Debbie Ladds | Posted 20.11.2015 | 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 26.10.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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...

How MPs and the Public Disagree on Charities

John Low | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Politics
John Low

In the midst of party conference season, there can be no doubt that charities are well and truly on the political agenda.

Time for Bold Progressive Public Services Agenda

John Tizard | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The shape, scale and even role of public services is going to be transformed over the next few years because of the current Government's political and...

The Voluntary and Community Sector Must Respond to the 2015 Election With Both Sophistication and Voice Anchored in Its Values

John Tizard | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
John Tizard

The outcome of the General Election has significant implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS). At both a local and national level, it must now respond - in a constructive but principled manner.

The Next Government Should Commit to a Public Services Pledge

John Tizard | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In less than two weeks' time, the general election ballot boxes will be back in storage (though few would dare predict for how long). And then, sometime after 7th May, the UK will have a new government.

A Formula for Change? The Future of the Barnett Formula

Paul Tombs | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Tombs

The Barnett formula has always created winners and losers, but it has survived 36 years because it balances some difficult political considerations. But greater devolution across the UK is placing increasing strain on the formula, and reform is very much on the agenda.

Change Is Unavoidable - And There's No Excuse for Not Doing It Well

John Tizard | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
John Tizard

Whatever sector and level you identify yourself with (public, social, voluntary, community, social enterprise, voluntary, NGO or business sectors), it is a given that leaders, managers, employees, service users and customers are facing the fastest pace of change in their lifetimes, with only two certainties ahead - still more uncertainty, and more change.

Government Must Act Now to Improve Our Children's Future

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Millions of children face a bleak future, neglected, homeless and living in poverty because help isn't getting to them and their families soon enough. Spending time and money on preventing a problem early on can avoid greater cost, effort and future harm.

Is It Time to Stop Talking About Transformation?

Julian Dobson | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

There are words that have all the impact of a car alarm going off in the middle of the night. They scream at you, but most of the time they mean nothing. One such word is 'transformation'.

Free - A Manifesto

Joseph Finlay | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Free is good. We should make as many things as possible free... Everyone will feel more free because of the lack of gates/checkouts and the reduction of the use of money will free our minds from having to constantly think about money.

Charity Trustees Should Focus on Mission Not Their Comfort

John Tizard | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Being a charity trustee in the current political and economic environment does not always feel comfortable. There are many reasons for this. Large or small, local or national - charities are facing common problems of reduced income and, if they are charities concerned with social issues, often increased demand for their services

Do Professionals Have Too Much Power Over Social Care Users?

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

While many disabled people are fairly independent of social care services, some of us require high support packages, and this means we need to interact with professionals, who basically assess and decide how much assistance and support we receive.

Public Services Reform: Lose Your Staff and You Have Lost Both Purpose and Your Ability to Deliver

John Tizard | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

I do find it both incredible and alarming how often senior public sector managers, executives (and indeed managers and executives in the business and charity sectors too) and politicians fail to recognise the critical importance of their staff towards the fulfilment of their ambitions and delivering desired outcomes.

NVCO Manifesto 2015 - A Bigger Difference - Charities Have to Be Bold Campaigners

John Tizard | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

NCVO could have drawn attention to the problems that contracting based on payment by results and the Work Programme style prime-subcontractor model create for charities; and in the case of the Work Programme how it has failed the unemployed and tax payer too.

I Do Not Want a Fair Society

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

When you bang that drum for a 'fair society', maybe for a second ask yourself if that is really what you want? Or do we deserve something much better where we can all win and not just pretend to win? An inclusive society?

Impact Investing: Should We Take a Risk With Other People's Lives?

Joe Ludlow | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

The UK Government has announced some very public failures in new models of public services this week, and this begs some questions about failure for all of us investing in social innovation.