One year on from the transfer of public health from the NHS to local government things are beginning to be done differently, not a fact that has gone unnoticed by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Differently, however, does not mean badly. Changes were to be expected from the transfer, otherwise there would have been little […]
Our current approach to supporting vulnerable people just does not work. Anyone who spends time in and around local government will have heard numerous heart-breaking case studies of people with profound mental and physical needs who end up being bounced around a fragmented system between the NHS, police, councils, housing associations and the voluntary sector. […]
Councils are struggling to do more with less and digital technology can help them do this. That’s the theory but, in practice, councils are still not realising the potential of digital technology for their places. So what is hindering progress? And what can be done about it? These were the questions behind the New Local […]
The positive mood music we heard today from the chancellor on the economy contrasts markedly with continuing gloom for the public finances and for those at the sharp end of delivering local services. The message is pretty positive for the private sector, but still seems grim for the public sector and for those who rely […]
Shared services are boring, difficult and may not save all that much money. They are also politically essential for the future of local government. Many commentators expected to see a spate of sharing agreements after the 2010 spending review. There has been some progress – Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire’s LGSS initiative being among the most impressive […]
In the UK 82% of adults are online. Today, the average household owns not just 1, but more than 3 types of internet enabled device, and 1 in 5 households own 6 or more. We buy our groceries and bank online, we use digital technology to share content and to work on the move. In […]
Ed Miliband’s Hugo Young lecture a fortnight ago focused on an issue which has consistently marked his time in opposition, the inequality of power; whether that is the inequality of power between media interests and people, an inequality of power between private sector interests and people, or – as is now emerging as a theme […]
There is a fear there may be a detrimental effect on communities who might previously have learned to develop and grow through the arts. Perhaps it is beneficial to focus on the effect the cuts are having on a specific group – young people.