Opinion/blog

Infrastructure: what’s in it for us?

Decisions on infrastructure need to be less of a done deal, and more of a proper dialogue. That way, public opinion will become less polarised and levels of local trust improved Read more

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Living standards: don’t forget disabled people

New figures suggest that the cost-of-living crisis may be easing. But this is not the case for disabled people who face lower incomes, higher costs and diminishing support Read more

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NHS: the new deficit normal

NHS trusts are sinking ever deeper into debt, and the financial prognosis is gloomy. So what happens when the cash runs out? Read more

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Payment by social results

Early intervention to tackle social problems is more vital than ever in a climate of local authority cutbacks. Payment-by-results Social Investment Bonds are potentially an important way to kick-start such intervention Read more

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Surely some mistake on student debt?

The government has got its sums badly wrong on student loans.  Fifty-somethings could still be paying off their debts, and 45 per cent of students are likely to default. What can be done? Read more

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Ed’s 100 years cities plan

Ed Miliband is promising the biggest devolution of power to cities in 100 years. This has thrown down the gauntlet to the coalition, and could lead to a ‘race to the top’ on city regions Read more

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Smarter thinking on social housing

The chancellor had little to offer providers of social housing in the Budget. But smarter procurement practices can help avoid the need for damaging cutbacks Read more

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Let’s stick together for future of NHS finance

The pressure of reorganisation and the challenge of finding £30bn in savings have prompted an initiative to preserve the unity of NHS finance professionals Read more

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Time up for the unfair tax?

Now is the moment to start thinking about a long-term replacement for the council tax. Reform is not easy, but it is not impossible either Read more

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The election unknowns

It’s rare not to be able to predict the outcome of a British general election. But the May 2015 poll has a number of uncertainties and is simply too close to call Read more

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