Equality, Cohesion and Public Services
Public service policies have never been more focussed on reducing inequality and enhancing cohesion. Yet despite important achievements, services in general have struggled to make substantial progress. This report looks at what's changed and what hasn't. It asks how entrenched inequalities could be tackled differently, as part of wholesale reform of public services based on Commission principles.
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Avoiding a repeat of the 1980s
For all the reform strategies and grand narratives emerging from Whitehall, much of the real action will happen at the local level.... read the full article
A new settlement for public services, by Clare Tickell
The state needs to be smaller. This is the conclusion not of the coalition government, but of a cross-party group of politicians and experts on the RSA’s 2020 Public Services Trust, whose final report is out soon.
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Meeting the place-based challenge
Bill Cooper of KPMG and Ben Lucas of the 2020 Public Services Trust warn that many councils are not yet fully prepared to take on the new responsibilities of place-based budgeting.... read the full article
The coalition's NHS reforms - far enough or a 'quick fix'?
The NHS was recently ranked as one of the most efficient and effective health systems in the world, so is radical reform an unnecessary risk? Dr Greg Parston looks into the matter.... read the full article