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KIDS launches resources designed to support families with disabled children using personal budgets

Wednesday February 13 2013

OPM has supported disabled children’s charity KIDS in the creation of a free suite of resources that support the families and carers of disabled children in using personal budgets. The resources, released yesterday, form part of the Department for Education sponsored ‘Making it Personal’ initiative. OPM worked alongside KIDS, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust… Read More

OPM ‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now

Tuesday February 12 2013

‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now from OPM on Vimeo. Whilst local government is highly adaptable, the pace of economic and legislative changes and the scale of challenges councils now face mean things must be done differently. Our Toolkit for Change ‘challenge and creativity’ workshops are specially designed to teach council managers the skills required to meet the… Read More

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


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