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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Beyond Beveridge: if not now, when?

A new report published today by the 2020 Public Services Commission says that the current political debate is too short term and narrow, missing the point about the need for fundamental change to our public services. Reflecting the consensus of a politically diverse and authoritative group, it recommends a profound shift in culture, power and finance, away from central government and towards citizens, communities and localities.

Beyond Beveridge: Principles for 2020 Public Services concludes that whilst the 1942 Beveridge Plan has served society well, it is now stretched beyond its limit. Society now faces new challenges such as an ageing society, entrenched inequality and behavioural challenges associated with public health, civility and climate change which the current settlement was not designed for.

 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Who do we trust with our personal data?

The public would be concerned if private companies, rather than public services, held their personal information, and there is widespread misunderstanding of how data is currently used.  These findings come out of a comprehensive new poll conducted by Ipsos MORI for think tank 2020 Public Services Trust. They form part of an in-depth study by the 2020 Public Services Trust looking at the opportunities technology can create for public service reform, which is due to publish in spring 2010.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Itís the Outcomes, Stupid!

Shifting to paying for outcomes not inputs could save costs and deliver substantial benefits, says a new report from the independent cross-party think tank 2020 Public Services Trust. 

Better Outcomes argues that both central and local government need to rethink radically how they achieve the outcomes they seek. The traditional focus on paying for inputs should be scrapped wherever possible in favour of ‘payment by results'. Service providers, public, private or third sectors would be paid when and if they achieved desired outcomes.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Voters not ready for spending cuts - poll

50 percent of people do not believe there is a need to cut spending on public services in order to pay off the national debt, a RSA commissioned survey suggests.

 

The Ipsos MORI poll of 1,041 adults points to only a quarter of people - 24 percent - believing that public spending cuts are necessary. It also suggests strong support amongst the British public (75 percent) for efficiency savings that could help cut government spending without damaging public services.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Public Services Faces 'Perfect Storm'

They argue that in the face of severe fiscal constraints, efficiency savings and traditional Treasury-led cost-management strategies will not be enough to meet people's needs. Instead, a radical rethink of the role and purpose of public services is required.

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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 Ė 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 »