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NHS Scotland: after the referendum

A leaked dossier shows the Scottish NHS is in deep financial trouble. A tax rise will soon be needed to bail it out Read more

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How can we learn the lessons of Rotherham?

The shocking events in Rotherham bring to the fore some very serious issues for local authority and other public sector leaders. Getting the right answers demands that the right questions are asked.

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Investing in the Big Society

Typically there have been two routes for government to pay for what it wants to deliver: raising taxes or selling debt. Social impact investment envisages a third way

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Taxing questions for Scotland

All the parties are promising further devolution of fiscal powers to Scotland in the event of a No vote. So what might that mean in practice? Read more

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TUC: making public services strong

After last week’s TUC conference the unions should reflect on how best to strengthen public services. Collaboration with other stakeholders is the key Read more

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Party conferences: promises vs practicalities

As the parties gear up for conference season, they should remember that the public want policies that work in practice as well as sounding good on the podium Read more

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Has Universal Credit been undermined already?

Universal Credit attempts to be a big bang solution to the complexities of the welfare system but new incentive structure could undermine the intended benefits Read more

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Whitehall: taking the long view

There is not enough ambition for real civil service change. We need to take a much longer view, particularly when it comes to the relationship between ministers, permanent secretaries and accounting officers Read more

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Follow the money

Since 1906, council chief financial officers have had a duty to act in the taxpayer’s interest. Today, shared services and outsourcing make following the public pound ever more challenging Read more

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NHS: keeping the faith

All parties are determined to prove the NHS is safe in their hands. But with health finances in a tailspin, they’re hard-pushed to come up with credible policies
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