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Community action works! Levenshulme Baths saved!

As part of the current Coalition government’s deficit reduction strategy, October’s Comprehensive Spending Review handed local government the toughest financial settlements across the public sector. This budget cut was passed down to local authorities with Manchester City Council receiving one of … Continue reading

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‘Big Society’: over before it begins?

In the last week, three incidents have highlighted the precarious state of the Tory-led Coalition government’s aspiration for the ‘Big Society’: First, Lord Wei – a life peer with an unpaid role in the Cabinet Office as ‘Big Society Tsar’ … 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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The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Local Government and Public Services

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Local Government and Public Services, by Jo Richardson. The framework for public local service delivery and governance has shifted dramatically in recent years; this is in light of the recession and ensuing financial … Continue reading

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On new mutualism

A recent funding annoucement by the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, has reinforced the Coalition Government’s commitment to give public sector workers they right to take over the services they deliver, by forming employee owned co-operatives and mutuals. http://www.socialenterpriselive.com/section/news/public-services/20101117/all-frontline-staff-given-right-run-services Mark … Continue reading

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