Our working papers series explores new ideas, gathers emerging evidence, and invites radical points of view on big issues in public services. Our papers are intended to stimulate discussion around these issues, and open up new avenues of debate for the commission and beyond. They do not represent the views of the Commission. Our papers are free to download - we encourage you to comment, discuss, agree or disagree through our website and our debate site Your2020 www.your2020.org
To discuss writing a paper or anything else about the series, contact Henry Kippin, Commission Manager to the Commission on 2020 Public Services or for any media enquires please contact Ashish Prashar Communications Manager to the 2020 Public Services Trust.
What are the Underlying Principles of our Education System?
On forms of accountability
Where does the buck stop? Professor Vernon Bogdanor examines where accountability for the performance of our public services should rest.
Low house prices and owner occupation: A better alternative to social housing
Decent housing is fundamental to a good life. But does provision of social housing meet this need, or is this model fundamentally flawed? Tim Leunig and Richard Ollerenshaw propose a radically different approach.
Social care 2020: what are the challenges ahead?
Social care is such a diverse and fragmented sector that its needs and strengths are not always recognised. Dr Henry Kippin looks at the challenges it faces, and the innovative ways in which it is rising to these.
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