Public Services

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 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 05.05.2017 | 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...

How MPs and the Public Disagree on Charities

John Low | Posted 01.10.2016 | 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 23.09.2016 | 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.