Social enterprise in action in Plymouth

, 1 July 2013

So far that’s included visiting Brighter Futures in Stoke, where they are co-ordinating a major new partnership to improve local services and systems for adults with complex needs, and the Emmaus community in West Norwood that offers work and a home for people trying to turn their lives around. Last week I set off...

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The Work Programme: inside the ‘black box’

, 27 June 2013

Today’s Work Programme results reopen the debate about whether it is actually working. As in November, when the first set of results was published, many will point to missed targets and argue that the programme is failing. Providers are only hitting minimum performance targets in 18 of 40 government contracts. Others, including the Department...

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Whitehall’s still standing – but for how long?

, 26 June 2013

Whitehall has undergone huge changes since 2010 – both introducing major reforms and making big cuts to its own cost base. Sir Humphrey would be appalled. It is hard to overstate the reforming ambition of this Government. It has introduced Universal Credit, reforms to welfare, schools, the NHS, police, prisons and probation. And all...

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The spending round: What to watch for on Wednesday

, 25 June 2013

Outside Whitehall local authorities are bracing themselves for big cuts, with some speculating they could lose as much as 12% from their central grants. There will also be a chance to glimpse the more distant, post-election future. Watch what happens to the ringfences. Some may remain intact (maybe schools). Others may survive for now...

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Investable politics: will the spending review do enough to attract private capital?

, 25 June 2013

The announcement is likely to be an important step in meeting pressing infrastructure needs in areas reliant on public funding (e.g. road maintenance). But it will fail to tackle the root causes of the feeble track record of infrastructure investment in the UK, namely the lack of an institutional platform that supports the creation...

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The old is dying, the new could yet be born

, 21 June 2013

Birthing the future operating model Our research suggests that there is an emerging, but as yet tentative, sense of what the future operating model of government should be, with Sir Bob Kerslake willing to challenge the supremacy of departments, as we’ve written about previously. But with so much change underway at a departmental level...

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