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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Avoiding a repeat of the 1980s

By Ben Lucas

For all the reform strategies and grand narratives emerging from Whitehall, much of the real action will happen at the local level.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

A new settlement for public services, by Clare Tickell

By Dame Clare Tickell

When the Commission on 2020 Public Services first met, before the credit crunch, one of our challenges was to wake people up to the looming crisis in public services.  Well, nobody is asleep any more.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Soap Box

By Ben Page, 2020 Commissioner

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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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Meeting the place-based challenge

By Ben Lucas and Bill Cooper

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.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

The coalition's NHS reforms - far enough or a 'quick fix'?

By Dr. Greg Parston, 2020 Commissioner

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.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011
COPD: Cautiously Optimistic about Payment on Delivery
About 15% of people my age have a long term condition. A little over two years ago I developed COPD: Cautiously Optimistic about Payment on Delivery, and have been unable to rid myself of the affliction. Thus having published Better Outcomes, a report exploring the what, where and why of payment-by-outcome, I and several colleagues ... more »
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Wednesday, 5 January 2011
the condition of conditionality
Interesting contrast in a couple of news stories coming from the states in the last few days. On the one hand, portents in the Guardian of a difficult 2 years for President Obama in the face of a Republican controlled Congress. On the other, a piece in the New York Times on falling inequality in ... more »
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Thursday, 25 November 2010
Local Identity – the photographic evidence?
Last night I was speaking at the mining institute in Newcastle at a roundtable discussing themes from LOCAL a book my Dad and I published recently. The book is a mix of photography (based on an artist-in-residence period at Cumbria County Council), and text (an essay on local politics & identity), and the roundtable ... more »