Posts tagged with ‘ Public Services ’

Risky business

, 22 August 2011

Today, the Social Market Foundation (SMF) published a damning report on the government’s flagship Work Programme. Last week, the Treasury Select Committee was similarly scathing about the use of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts to pay for public infrastructure. The connection between the two is government’s apparent inability to successfully measure, price and share...

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Wide open public services

, 12 July 2011

If we’ve learnt one thing from the Government’s faltering attempts to radically reform the NHS, it’s that nobody likes surprises. The Coalition failed to fully test its reforms with policymakers and professionals, resulting in public and practitioner resistance that led to the plans being first delayed, then substantially revised. So it must surely be...

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Incrementally revolutionising public services

, 12 July 2011

The quote serves as a reminder that over the last 30 years public service reform has been underpinned by some common, perhaps clichéd themes. Successive governments have repeatedly told us they will make public services more ‘citizen centric’, will ‘open up government’ and provide more ‘choice’ for service users. So is Cameron’s promise  to...

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Revolutionising government art starts with white paper

, 8 July 2011

One aspect of the White Paper has received less speculation. Namely, which of the government’s artistic traditions will it seek to emulate? The strategic tradition The creators of the White Paper could look to the strategic tradition. Excellence and Fairness led this movement. Its strategic triangle graphically represented how the different elements of government...

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Shock, chaos and public service reform

, 17 May 2011

The Coalition’s plans for reforming our public services have been breathtakingly bold. From hospitals to schools, criminal justice to welfare, the pace and scale of the proposed reforms have taken many by surprise. But the government seems far more coy when it comes to publishing the long-delayed Public Services White Paper. What’s the problem?

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Why Community Budgets are worth watching

, 1 April 2011

Today marks the launch of 16 Community Budget pilots that promise to pool local budgets around families with complex needs. Eric Pickles has said: “My message to local areas is: don’t be afraid to think big – to be as bold and as innovative as you can. This is the future for public services.”

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The fiscal squeeze: now it gets real

, 1 April 2011

I’ve just returned from giving a seminar in Berlin to public servants from various European countries. They were eager for more details on the UK’s fiscal consolidation.

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Power to the people

, 10 February 2011

Eight major charities wrote to The Times this week complaining about “a gap between rhetoric and reality” in the proposed NHS reforms. They argued that plans to make GP consortia accountable to the public are “far too weak”.

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Payment by results in public services

, 26 January 2011

The Government will soon publish a white paper that will set out its direction on delivery of public services.

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Are Social Impact Bonds the answer to the fiscal crisis?

, 20 January 2011

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) have been causing a “frenzy” of interest in Whitehall over the past few months. Hardly surprising given the current fiscal challenge and their apparent ability to attract external investment to our public services.

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