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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

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Big questions for The Big Society: What role for local government?

Tuesday July 27 2010

In the preceding months and weeks, many discussions about the Big Society have been taking place at OPM.   Early indications from central government – particularly the promise of a general power of competence for local authorities – point to a need for local councils to articulate their role in developing the Big Society.  It seems… Read More