Opinion/blog

Civil service CEO: the small print

The government is in a rush to appoint its new civil service chief executive. But it needs to take care not to create further disappointment and frustration Read more

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A boost for local economies

New EU state aid rules could provide a timely boost for local economies. They open up more opportunities for public bodies to stimulate economic growth Read more

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Invest now, save later

The next chancellor needs to create an Office for Future Generations to correct the chronic short-termism that prevents governments investing in cost-saving early intervention Read more

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Wales: towards a new budget process

The interim report on the development of a new Welsh budget process by the Assembly’s Finance Committee shows they are leading the way in innovative approaches  Read more

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The austerity pain still to come

With more than half the austerity cuts still to come, public sector leaders need to be bold and imaginative about how they respond. If not, it will be service users who lose out Read more

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Whatever works for Whitehall

As the government moves into its final phase, the pressure is on ministers and mandarins to be seen to deliver. There are some key do’s and don’ts Read more

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NHS: the feeling is mutual

The NHS is first and foremost a people business. Public sector mutuals could help enormously to improve staff engagement within the service Read more

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The Better Care Fund inferno

The government deliberately designed its Better Care Fund to be a ‘burning platform’. Now ministers are looking for a way back through the flames Read more

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Service delivery: is there an app for that?

As councils move from doing things to making things happen, they need to harness the power of new technology to deliver the best possible services for local citizens Read more

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Wanted: a real civil service CEO

David Cameron says he wants to create a new chief executive post at the centre of government. He needs to ensure this is what he gets, rather than another botch-up Read more

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