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AIN’T WHAT YOU DO

In the past few weeks MPs have been criticizing the seemingly slow progress of the Work Programme, and laying some of the blame at the door of its Payment by Results model. Margaret Hodge, Chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee has said that the mechanisms which were supposed to prevent providers from concentrating on the […]

Somebody else’s money?

Following on from the publication last year of our report on social investment, several of our clients are now beginning to consider whether a Social Impact Bond could be an effective way of financing innovative models of service delivery. Essex County Council is leading the way for testing Social Impact Bonds (or SIBs) in local […]

SO, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TELL, HEAVEN FROM HELL?

Yesterday I spent some time thinking about the projects that I worked on back in the days when we were still getting excited about Gershon efficiency, and the idea of 30% budget reductions across the board would still have been a hilarious joke in the mineral water stocked meeting room. It struck me that on […]

SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS

This week Norfolk County Council announced that their Chief Executive, David White, will be standing aside in April 2013 to make space for a successor with the different skill sets needed to fulfil the Council’s corporate plan.  This change in the Council’s most senior management appears quite amicable and has been described by Mr White […]

AND I BELIEVE IN A PROMISED LAND

Yesterday I read in my local newspaper that Bradford Council is proposing to bring grounds maintenance services for parks and cemeteries, which have been outsourced for almost 20 years, back in house when the current contract expires next year. The driver for the proposal is not cost, although the Council is expecting a marginal saving, […]

SO WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

This week figures were released for the Work Programme, the best known outcomes based commissioning programme in the UK. It has widely been reported that these figures represent failure. In the thirteen months between June 2011 and July 2012 a total of 837,000 people were referred to the programme. Of these, providers have achieved “successful […]

GOING ON THE TOWN NOW LOOKING FOR EASY MONEY

It’s budget time again, and we’re hardly expecting the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement or the Local Government Finance settlement to be putting us in the mood to don the party hats and head out for an early Christmas celebration. There will, no doubt, be even more discussion about the need for radical review of the role […]

THIS TRAIN CARRIES LOSERS AND WINNERS

Whether you like Richard Branson or not, and as someone who fondly remembers Tubular Bells and his Virgin mail order ads in NME from when I was growing up, I have to admit that I, like all of us who work in local government, should be very grateful to him this week. Had it not […]

HARRY POTTER…AND THE FUTURE OF HYPER LOCAL DEMOCRACY?

There may not be a snitch or muggle in sight, but I’ve rarely been as excited as I was this week when I discovered that JK Rowling’s new book was about local government. Aside from my fellow geeks at the MJ (£), it appears to have largely slipped under the radar that the fastest pre-selling […]

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