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Changing Times, with Professor Richard Wilkinson

Friday May 24 2013

This weeks Changing Times comes from Professor Richard Wilkinson, researcher into social inequalities and, along with his partner Professor Kate Pickett, co-author of the seminal book The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Always Do Better. If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s most strikingly different, and what’s most… Read More

Engaging the public early in service reconfiguration

Wednesday May 22 2013

Health service reconfigurations are nearly always controversial. Closures, mergers and the reorganisations of hospital services are viewed with understandable suspicion by patients and the public, who often mobilise to defend the status quo in the face of what they perceive as cuts. However, to quote from an open letter from the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal… Read More

Changing Times with Lord Victor Adebowale

Friday May 17 2013

Today’s Changing Times interview is with Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point a social enterprise, focused on the issues of mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and employment.  If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s most strikingly different, and what’s most surprisingly similar? Well I was born in… Read More


Asking the right questions for local government commissioning

Thursday September 23 2010

While much is uncertain about the coalition government’s policies there is undoubtedly a window of opportunity for local government to take the lead relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government’s spending review framework published in June invites decision makers in local government to ask the following nine questions: Is the activity essential… Read More

Big Society and community cohesion – Ideas from Europe

Tuesday September 21 2010

The Council of Europe asked me to speak recently in Ohrid, Macedonia about inter-cultural dialogue at their 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. Based in Strasbourg, France and with 47 member countries, the Council of Europe aims ‘to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human… Read More

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