Archive for Sam Sims

Sam joined the Institute in September 2010 after graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford University where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Previously he worked as a researcher on the book Brown at 10, co-authored by Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge. Sam's research interests include local government, social policy and the policy making process.

Sam Sims’s Posts

Faux Amis? Will the Friends and Family Test improve hospital care?

, 31 July 2013

Over the last three months the Government has collected a whopping 405,000 responses to a single question: “How likely are you to recommend our ward/A&E department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?” Responses are collected on a six-point scale from ‘extremely likely’ to ‘extremely unlikely’. This question is currently...

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Social care reforms will only address part of the funding problem

, 12 February 2013

Yesterday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt put an end to months of speculation when he revealed the Government’s response to the 2011 Dilnot Commission report Fairer Care Funding. Hunt has proposed a £75,000 cap on the total costs of care that any individual will incur and an increase in the total assets an individual can...

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Careless ratings

, 1 November 2012

Ensuring our nearest and dearest have access to professional and dignified care in the final years of their life is clearly extremely important. It can also be a distressing time for families and those in need of care so clear, reliable information on the quality of different care homes is crucial. Unfortunately, it appears...

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City Deals: give and take?

, 9 July 2012

In December last year the Cities Policy Unit announced a range of powers which they were considering giving away to cities. The Government was however, careful to explain that “the ‘deal’ must be a genuine transaction – with both parties willing to offer up and demand things in return.” Did the deals actually involve...

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Direct democracy and the mayoral referendums: more heat than light?

, 20 April 2012

Kellner criticised the quality of the debate in the run up to the AV referendum, describing it as ‘frankly pathetic.’ Perhaps most disappointing was the extent to which the arguments on AV centred around cost. Disappointingly, cost issues have also taken on a disproportionate prominence in the mayoral debates. Claims and counter-claims about million...

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Bank outsourcing

, 26 January 2012

In June 2010 the Chancellor set up the Banking Commission, with Sir John Vickers as Chair, to solve the ‘too big to fail/too big to save’ conundrum while taking into account the need to maintain economic growth. They were given just over a year to prepare their report. The complex nature of banking regulation...

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An offer they can’t refuse?

, 8 December 2011

The Cities Policy Unit’s new paper, Unlocking growth in cities, outlines plans to work with the eight core city-regions (as defined by the boundaries of the Local Enterprise Partnerships) to create ‘bespoke’ deals in which powers will be devolved in return for changes in the way cities are governed. Amongst the most significant powers...

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Mayor or Nightmayor?

, 25 November 2011

In May next year around five million people, across eleven cities, will get the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want a mayor to run their city. Up until now the only people involved in the debate have been government employees and enthusiasts. Big debates within seven days in Liverpool, Birmingham and...

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More mayors for a Greater Manchester?

, 3 August 2011

Grand ambitions This week saw their first success as they handed in a petition, signed by 10,500 Salford residents and triggered a referendum on the mayoral model. Stephen Morris, the campaign organiser, believes they are also on the brink of collecting the requisite number of signatures in Brentford, Essex. Salford, a city in Greater...

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Last week’s mayoral elections and the future of urban governance

, 10 May 2011

Last week the nation emphatically rejected AV as a way to elect its MPs. On the same day voters in Middlesbrough, Mansfield, Bedford, Torbay and, for the first time, Leicester used a form of AV (the supplementary vote) to elect five executive mayors.

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