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There is a clear gap between public services that help us improve our own lives and those of others and the health and social care services we experience today, says a new report published today by the 2020 Public Services Trust. Improving Health Outcomes: A Guide for Action provides a practical framework for helping people within different parts of the health and social care system make strategic and coherent policy decisions that align change with improved outcomes.... read the full article
Damaging, entrenched, inequalities persist, despite years of public service reform and significant investment, a new report published today by the 2020 Public Services Trust says. Equality, Cohesion and Public Services calls for public service reform that unlocks progress on the most entrenched inequalities and fosters a greater sense of personal and shared responsibility for service decisions.
The report describes the way equality and cohesion definitions have evolved in recent years, and sets out some of the policy instruments used to resolve tensions and narrow equalities gaps. There have been significant achievements, but progress has for the most part been modest at best.... read the full article
Citizens must become actively involved in determining the priorities for public services according to a new report published today by the 2020 Public Services Trust. 2020 Vision: A far-sighted approach to transforming public services argues for a fundamental rethink of the relationship between citizens and the state.
Following on from the Government’s announcement that it wants to involve the public in debate about spending options, the report calls for the introduction of Twenty-first century town meetings in which groups of citizens debate local priorities while facilitators use ICT to collate their feedback nationwide.... read the full article
A new report published today by the 2020 Public Services Trust – Delivering a Localist Future: a route map for change - proposes a new deal between large cities and counties and central government in which localities get more powers over public service spending in return for a flat rate reduction in central government funding.
The report, which is published ahead of a Budget that is expected to identify billions of savings through the total place programme for local areas, sets out a practical route map for achieving localism. It argues that there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shift power away from the centre to citizens and localities but warns that unless there is a credible plan for devolution, which is linked to deficit reduction, then the current consensus on localism will fail to deliver.... read the full article
A new report is published today for the 2020 Public Services Trust and written by a group of private and public sector IT experts, Online or In-line throws down a challenge to the political parties about their strategy for technology and information.
While there seems to be an emerging consensus on the need for technology and open data, the group questions the degree to which any government will deliver. Serious concerns about privacy and public consent for data sharing also need to be resolved, while entrenched attitudes within the public sector pose a powerful cultural barrier to transparent government.
Online or In-line: The Future of Information and Communication Technology in Public Services presents a series of possible solutions to these obstacles.... read the full article
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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 »
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 »
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 »