public sector

Bad service? Blame the system

When things go wrong in public services, we blame individuals and rush for structural reorganisation. It’s better to focus on systemic change at a local level Read more

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Surplus to requirements

‘Surplus hawks’ in the Treasury and on the Opposition benches risk neglecting productivity growth in the public sector. But years of spending restraint could be self-defeating in the long run Read more

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Housing supply: time for a land tax

The current planning system just encourages developers to hoard land, making housing less and less affordable. A land tax would help break the dysfunctional cycle Read more

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We need to talk about low pay

Much of the focus in debates about low pay has been on younger workers. But many older employees are stuck in low-paid jobs, and making little progress Read more

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Spending cuts under scrutiny

The next few years will be very bleak in terms of spending cuts, but the public sector has to find ways to mitigate their impact. Local scrutiny of budget decisions is more critical than ever Read more

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Let the buyer be aware

Public sector markets are here to stay. But a series of high-profile failures demonstrate how government needs to be a lot smarter about the way they are rolled out. Read more

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The new leadership challenge

Public sector leaders need to be more than merely good managers. The times we are living in demand formidable professional skills and a high degree of initiative and awareness Read more

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Beyond austerity: the bad news

Austerity might hurt but it’s not the only problem facing the public sector. Radical solutions will be needed to drive down costs in the years to come Read more

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Procurement: more than just buying

Public sector procurement needs to become increasingly commercial in its approach. Better market intelligence and contract management are key to doing it smarter Read more

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Public sector commissioning: an art not a science

Successful strategic commissioning by public sector bodies is a complex process, more akin to making music than a purely technical exercise. Ministers should take note Read more

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