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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

“Mutual and co-operative approaches to delivering local services” report published

Thursday December 6 2012

OPM was very pleased to contribute to the CLG Committee’s “Mutual and cooperative approaches to delivering local services” report, published today. The report outlines findings into the progress and development of employee owned cooperatives that can help to deliver local services. We found the committee’s recommendations to transform the “shape, responsiveness and quality of local… 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