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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

A bigger say in the NHS for patients

Thursday January 17 2013

A truly patient-led NHS has been an aspiration in the health service for well over a decade. The motivation is born out of the realisation that improving patient involvement could lead to better services, higher standards of care and greaterefficiency savings. Furthermore, high profile failings, such as those at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust, have highlighted just how bad patient… Read More

Harness assets to truly make savings

Friday December 21 2012

The Department for Communities & Local Government’s guide to saving money, published earlier this week, contains some tips that councils may find helpful. There is, however, little in it to signify the “change in culture” which Eric Pickles refers to in the foreword. There are some neat ideas like pop-up shops in public buildings, alongside… Read More

Comment

Saving what works from Prevent

Friday September 3 2010

Aligning successful Prevent projects to the Big Society and integration agenda There is no certainty over the future of the Prevent agenda. There is a fair amount of agreement that the Prevent strategy will be radically revised and that for some areas, funding will be reduced. It is critical that local authorities, who have received… Read More

Using lessons from extremism for the Big Society

Monday August 23 2010

Unfortunately, extremists and those who hate are often good at organising people to engage in collective action. In some ways, extremists are mastering aspects of the Big Society agenda for the wrong goals. They use social media, common causes and collective action to divide societies. Take extreme organisations such as Islam4UK and the English Defence… Read More

Public opinion on budget cuts

Friday August 20 2010

We hear a lot about the financial savings that local authorities need to make over the next few years. We also know that there is a growing awareness among the public that the recent financial crisis is going to affect public services, but we hear less about how the public feel that savings can be… Read More