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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The end of the Beveridge era?

An independent committee established to look at the future of the UK's public services is calling for "profound" changes to ensure their sustainability. Tom Bateman of BBC Radio 4 's Today Programme reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report – From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The future is local: shift power away from the centre, says commission

The coalition government must use next month's spending review to confront the public about the need to reshape public services around a shift in power to local citizens, a prestigious all-party commission on public services concludes today. The Guardian reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report – From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Call for local lead in public services

Welfare benefits should be locally controlled, parents given a say over the local curriculum, and libraries, parks and leisure centres run as mutuals by local people to prevent their closure, according to an independent commission on the future of public services. The Financial Times reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report – From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Taxes will have to rise despite Coalition cuts, says study

Britain faces further tax rises even after the Coalition Government imposes deep cuts in public spending, according to a two-year study published today. An all-party commission warns that taxes will have to rise to cope with the financial pressures caused by an ageing population; an increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity; combating climate change; closing the gap between rich and poor; abolishing child poverty and improving skills levels in the workforce. The Independent reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report – From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Public services 'under threat' from ageing population

Coalition ministers should consider ways to increase, not cut, investment in local ‘early intervention’ programmes – such as public health and social care – if public services are to cope with an £80bn hike in the cost of Britain’s ageing population, a comprehensive new study has warned. The MJ reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report – From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services.

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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 »