The Political Parties Should Commit To An Enquiry Into Public Service Outsourcing

It is both interesting and encouraging that senior politicians have already spoken about public sector outsourcing and contracting in the first week of the 2017 General Election. Jeremy Corbyn has committed to using public procurement to drive up standards of employment, ensure trade union membership for employees and timely payments to suppliers especially smaller companies,… Read More...

A champion of the sector

Last Thursday afternoon I received an email from George Jones commenting on an article which I had written for that day’s The MJ. He was impressed The MJ editorial team had published a book review, having told me only two weeks ago (over one of our regular lunches that at times felt more like tutorials,… Read More...

Public procurement should be delivering opportunities for people with disabilities

Reading the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)’s report on employment for people with disabilities (or perhaps more aptly ‘lack of employment for people with disabilities’) Rethinking Disability Work http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-, I was reminded that although we have made progress in this country in terms of rights for people with disabilities there is a long, long way… Read More...

Perception deceptions

When I saw a book with the title Kittens are Evil – Little Heresies in Public Policy, I knew that I had to read it to understand why a book on public policy should have such a provocative title. I happen to like cats and kittens, but I also enjoy challenging orthodoxy and so the… Read More...

Economic growth unsustainable without strong local charities

Reading the recently published House of Lords Select Committee report on charities (‘Strong Charities for a Stronger Society’ – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-tizard/house-of-lords_b_15708240.html) and recent New Start articles on regeneration, social and economic investment and localism, I have been struck by the correlation between them. It is increasingly accepted that economic regeneration and growth must not only be… Read More...

Charities Should Pick Up The House Of Lords’ Baton

The House of Lords Select report entitled “Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society”, which was published earlier this week, provides a huge opportunity for the charity and voluntary and community sector (VCS). Thankfully this appears to have been recognised by the national sector bodies, including NCVO, NAVCA and ACEVO; and, from what I have observed,… Read More...

Casual Use Of Language Can Dilute Values Especially In The VCS

Many in the voluntary and community sector instinctively and ideologically reject the neo-liberal love of markets and competition, especially in public service delivery; and its consequential greater inequality and less social collectivism And many who work in the public sector as well as self-described ‘progressive’ politicians share this position. This is broadly understandable as they… Read More...