Let’s take stock

For many in local government and the wider public sector, there is unlikely to be much time to take a break and clear one’s mind of work related issues. The pressures of austerity, Brexit uncertainty, social housing standards, social care, health inequalities, air pollution and so much more don’t conveniently take a long vacation over… Read More...

Is It Time For Trade Unions, Charities And The VCS To Find Common Cause?

Today’s landmark judgement by the Supreme Court on the Government’s unlawful imposition of fees for access to Employment Tribunals represents a huge victory for fairness, justice and rights for employees. It also demonstrates the value and importance of effective trade unions – in this case Unison, which deserves massive congratulations and thanks for this long… Read More...

Grenfell Tower – procurement lessons must be learnt

The Grenfell Tower fire was an appalling atrocity. The human consequences are horrendous and will sadly continue for many years.  Lessons must be learned. Quite rightly, the Government has established an enquiry, which must have as wide a brief as the local community wants, and all local stakeholders must have confidence in this enquiry. Just… Read More...

Accountability Matters And Should Never Be Ducked By Leaders

Accountability is core to good governance, democracy and trust. It enables lessons to be learnt and for mistakes not to be repeated. It requires leaders to take responsibility and where necessary accept the consequences for failure. This issue is both topical and important. There are two clear caveats to what follows: press coverage of disasters… Read More...

Memo To New Minister For Civil Society

The Prime Minister has appointed John Glen as the new Minister for Civil Society. This a very important role though it has not always had the recognition nor political clout it should have. One hopes that this will change under Mr. Glen’s tenure. This tenure may be short if the Government does not last and… Read More...

Public sector procurers must respect the voluntary and community sector, or it will not be there for them when they need it

This week, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) will warn that charities believe their relationship with the state is increasingly dysfunctional, with many of those charities most dependent on public service contracts now seriously struggling. In a report to be published on Wednesday, NPC will report the alarming news that “nearly two-thirds of charities say they have… Read More...