Monthly Archives: January 2011

NHS reform: the gloves are off!

The Coalition government’s health reforms are moving ahead at speed, despite the reservations of NHS staff, trade unions and academics. Make no mistake, these are large scale reforms, and compare with the great (and very unsuccessful) reorganisation of 1974, the … Continue reading

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Modernising Commissioning: Is the Big Society bringing any clarity to the debate?

In December 2010, the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office published its Green consultation Paper  ‘Modernising Commissioning: Increasing the role of charities, social enterprises, mutuals and cooperatives in public service delivery’ as part of their commitment to promote … Continue reading

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‘Ensuring’ not ‘Enabling’: a future vision for local government

Polly Toynbee writing recently in the Guardian highlighted the concern and potential dissent brewing in local government about the terms of the financial settlement following the Comprehensive Spending Review. Local government, one of the hardest hit areas of government spending, … Continue reading

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Co-ops and mutuals: what risk for the public sector?

The values of mutualism featured strongly in the Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos at the 2010 General Election and specific policy pledges have since been made by the Coalition government to help develop public sector staff to develop employee-owned mutuals … Continue reading

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Towards the ‘Big Society’: what role for neighbourhood working?

 ‘Neighbourhood’ has been recognised as a space that citizens identify with, feel a sense of belonging and where their concerns are in sharpest relief. It is also an enduring concept giving a spatial focus to a range of policy areas. … Continue reading

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