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KIDS launches resources designed to support families with disabled children using personal budgets

Wednesday February 13 2013

OPM has supported disabled children’s charity KIDS in the creation of a free suite of resources that support the families and carers of disabled children in using personal budgets. The resources, released yesterday, form part of the Department for Education sponsored ‘Making it Personal’ initiative. OPM worked alongside KIDS, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust… Read More

OPM ‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now

Tuesday February 12 2013

‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now from OPM on Vimeo. Whilst local government is highly adaptable, the pace of economic and legislative changes and the scale of challenges councils now face mean things must be done differently. Our Toolkit for Change ‘challenge and creativity’ workshops are specially designed to teach council managers the skills required to meet the… Read More

Police commissioners need to change, and councils can show them how

Thursday February 7 2013

Last week Alan Travis, the Guardian’s home affairs editor, was scathing about the recent elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs). His article quoted an Electoral Reform Society (ERS) report stating that the elections failed both candidates and voters: “Voters were left in the dark about who they could vote for, while candidates were kept away by huge deposits,… Read More


Participatory budgeting 10 years on

Thursday November 18 2010

A few days ago I attended a Participatory Budgeting and the Big Society event in London.  Apparently it has been 10 years since the participatory budgeting (PB) idea was borrowed from Porto Alegre in Brazil and introduced to the UK. Several years ago I chaired an IPPR seminar to explore whether PB was something which… Read More

Greater Manchester Police’s 24-hour Twitter experiment brings public service work to life

Wednesday November 17 2010

I recently attended a social media breakfast event where I got the chance to learn about Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) 24-hour Twitter experiment where the force committed to tweeting – in real time – all 3,205 incidents that they handled over 24 hours. Kevin Hoy, head of web strategy at GMP, discussed the experiment in… Read More

Why it’s vital to remember that all communities share ‘British’ values

Tuesday November 16 2010

Anyone who heard or read about Home Office Secretary, Theresa May’s announcement of the official review of the Prevent strategy is sure to have picked up on the Government’s emphasis on the role of integration and British values in ‘defeating extremism’ and ‘stopping radicalisation’. We’re definitely expecting to hear more about ‘integration’ and ‘British values’… Read More