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Revolutionising the role of councils

Wednesday April 17 2013

How can councils become more business-like without becoming businesses? It would be hard enough to meet the challenges of current and future funding cuts, even without the major demographic and social changes that accompany them. Add to this the recession and transformations in the wider public policy environment – and it is no exaggeration to… Read More

Launch of the Whole Place Community Budgets website

Tuesday April 9 2013

A Whole Place Community Budgets website has been launched this week to help local police forces, health providers, councils and other agencies explore new ways of rewiring public services around local people. OPM was commissioned to produce the practical learning resource by the Local Government Association and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It pulls together the insights from across… Read More

The power of two

Thursday March 28 2013

The future has been a long time coming for those leading clinical commissioning groups towards their full establishment as statutory bodies, but it is now in increasingly clear focus. Whether or not there is a final tussle about the fine print of the secondary legislation, April is just around the corner. What will the next… Read More


Behaviour change, local government and the Big Society

Monday October 11 2010

At a recent OPM learning event about building the Big Society, a senior civil servant said that the role of government was to stand back and only step in to help when it was really necessary, specifically by stepping back from mandating and regulating but still providing support. People often assume that this Big Society… Read More

Building a thinking laboratory: a new kind of local partnership

Wednesday October 6 2010

As local public services face unprecedented challenges and a brand new organisational landscape, many are considering if their current approach to working together is fit for purpose. In this post OPM’s Sue Goss describes her experience of facilitating a new kind of local partnership: Worcestershire’s ‘thinking laboratory’, the Shenstone Group. October 2010 saw the first… Read More

National identity, integration and preventing violent extremism

Wednesday October 6 2010

In this post OPM associate fellow Sanah Sheikh explores the complex issue of why Muslim communities in England can often feel excluded from the ‘English’ national identity, and looks at examples of where the two have been successfully reconciled. I was talking to Geraint Evans, Community Resilience Manager at Newham Council, about the possible future… Read More