Charity Commission chair should be a critical friend to the sector

A recruitment process is currently under way to appoint a new chair of the regulator. Whoever is recruited, they must be a champion of the sector, writes our guest columnist. The outgoing chair of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross, has attracted much attention and strong challenge within the charity sector and beyond during his tenure.… Read More...

Public service outsourcing must promote whistleblowing

Last week the Bath Chronicle reported that Virgin Care asked staff not to report their safety concerns to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or other regulators. If this is the case, it is wrong and unacceptable. Registered managers in health and social care have a legal obligation to report issues to the CQC if they… Read More...

John Tizard: We don’t need Brexit to improve public procurement

The English Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the Government to reform public procurement regulations if Brexit occurs. It is arguing that the Government should introduce a more efficient UK system of regulating how the public sector, and in particular local authorities, procure goods and services if and when the UK leaves the European… Read More...

Schools Are Local And Should Be Locally Accountable

Over the summer there are have been many media articles and political interventions raising questions about the growth and increasing power of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), and their lack of accountability to parents and local communities. Revelations about senior MAT staff salaries – when teachers are facing real cuts in their pay -and the free movement… Read More...

Public sector outsourcing and contractors must always be transparent

The BBC programme Panorama recently reported that it had seen documents suggesting that G4S has been making significant profits from running two immigration removal centres near Gatwick Airport. One of these, Brook House, was the focus of a Panorama investigation, which exposed chaos, bullying and and the abusive treatment of detainees by some staff. Panorama… Read More...

Practical question to keep Labour’s PFI policy prudent

Labour’s break with PFI is exciting and timely but unpicking deals is likely to be difficult and potentially expensive, argues John Tizard When John McDonnell announced to the Labour Party Conference yesterday that a Labour government would not let one more PFI contract and would bring existing contracts ‘in-house’ you could feel the conference hall… Read More...

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...