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When 50% of Adult Social Care Directors suggest current delivery models will lead to service shortages and financial difficulty, then the sector is clearly ripe for change. Couple this with the fact that the population aged 85 or above is set to double over the next 20 years, and the scale of the challenge is […]


Local government commissioners and procurement professionals have had to adhere to the Social Value Act since it came into force in January 2013. The BDO Local Gov and Not for Profit team are researching the impact of the Act to see what changes have occurred and whether we can start to measure any benefits. Please take a few […]

Nothing else matters

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with a unitary authority to help to identify ways savings can be made in services providing housing-related support to vulnerable people. These services are expecting a 10% cut in funding next year, and up to 20% over the next 3 years. That’s a staggering amount […]


As kids we all will have felt the pain of being left out of a conversation because we weren’t up to speed on the latest TV programme or whatever. Almost half a century on, I still vividly remember when, for a period, cars became the main talking point in the school playground. My family didn’t […]

The winner takes it all…?

Last week I attended an event hosted by Reform, where Clive Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading, was talking about competition in public services. I found it surprising that there was no debate about whether competition in public services is the right thing or not – there was a lot of consensus […]


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 […]

Can’t buy me (well, consultants) love

Consultants are used to getting flack, it comes with the territory, but today I read an article which I thought was unduly negative about the role that consultants can play in public sector reform. This article highlighted the appointment of Paul Rogers, a managing partner of US firm Bain & Company, to the Department for […]


Hands up those of you who are aware of your Authority’s new obligations under the Social Value Act, which came into force on 1st January. Keep those hands up if you’ve seen (and read) the Cabinet Office’s guidance note on the Act, which was published at the end of December. From the various conversations we […]


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 […]


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