Is it time to call time on social impact bonds?

, 17 April 2014

Is too much energy being expended on social impact bonds? This was a question posed by a contributor to a recent roundtable we held as part of our Connecting Policy with Practice: People Powered Change programme.

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Does the ‘troubled families’ agenda demonstrate joined-up government?

, 17 April 2014

What does joined-up government actually mean? A common theme of our work at the Institute is that government doesn’t always ‘join-up’ as well as it might. Think of how it typically goes about setting budgets and saving money – it’s usually done on a department by department basis, with ministers making trade-offs and deals...

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Ed’s local concerns

, 14 April 2014

The UK is one of the most centralised political systems of its size in the world. But last week, Ed Miliband promised he would change all that should Labour be elected in 2015. Broadly, he pledged two things, both of which build on the current government’s decentralising efforts. First, an expansion of the Regional...

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Diversity in the Civil Service – more key trends

, 11 April 2014

Labour were right to highlight these diversity issues. As our analysis also shows, they are real and visible: Although there has been sustained improvement in the representation of women in the higher ranks, the gap is still sizable. Ethnic minority staff are still under-represented as a proportion of the Civil Service. This is especially...

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G4S and competition regulation in public services

, 10 April 2014

Last year, the Government made it clear that G4S bids would not be welcome after identifying billing irregularities in its contract to provide electronic tagging services. But yesterday, the Government issued a statement implying that G4S will once again be considered seriously if it bids for government contracts. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said,...

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A contracting sector – government contracts and voluntary organisations

, 8 April 2014

Last week, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) published its UK Civil Society Almanac for 2014, full of interesting data on the voluntary sector and civil society. First published in 1996, the Almanac is a great example to all of us involved in data-driven projects about how to present information in a useful,...

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