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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

Comment

Local referendums run riot: lessons from California for the Coalition

Monday October 4 2010

‘We will give residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue.’ – Coalition Government Agreement, May 2010 Direct democracy may seem like a good idea in principle, but the Coalition Government would do well to carefully consider the evidence from California before rolling out its reforms. In this post OPM’s Deborah Rozansky,… Read More

Integration and the Big Society

Wednesday September 29 2010

The notion of the Big Society as a channel for community and collective action cannot be seen in isolation of the concept of integration. Different communities need to share common values and goals. While we are beginning to see some of the flesh on the bones of the Big Society, there is yet to be… Read More

Big Society and small business

Friday September 24 2010

Where should the state end and the voluntary sector begin? This is one of the central questions of the Big Society. Supporters argue that the state has smothered grassroots activism in a way that is not only costly, but has actively undermined the ideas and energy of local people to make their lives better. Sceptics,… Read More