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The importance of openness after Grenfell

14.08.17: Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open — and this needs to happen as soon as po...

National policies won’t fix local problems

12.06.17: Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-based needs. Throughout the short-lived election...

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

28.04.17: David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes both across Europe and the US. Brexit will undou...

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

01.03.17: Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will work with councils as an enabler, and fully fund th...

Some libraries are better than others

06.01.17: Helen Milner, chief executive of Good Things Foundation, formerly the Tinder Foundation, expands on the organisation’s recent claims that protecting libraries at all costs could be holding the sector back, and that those which fail to...

Local government must be at the frontline of the fight against poverty

20.10.16: Katharine Knox, policy and research manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), on why we must make sure local areas have the powers, incentives and capacity to tackle poverty. In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and with austerity hit...

How prepared is the public sector for the NLW?

31.08.16: Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, looks at the potential impact of the National Living Wage (NLW) and apprenticeship levy on public sector employers and the importance of putting a plan in place. “A robo...

Is there a glass ceiling for ethnic minorities in the Civil Service?

02.06.16: Richard Norrie, Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, explains how a new project will attempt to quantify the extent of ethnic minority representation in the Civil Service. The idea of a glass ceiling is simple – you can see the top, bu...

A sustainable health and care settlement is as far away as ever

04.02.16: Helen McKenna, senior policy adviser at The King’s Fund, analyses what the Spending Review means for health and social care. A few weeks before the government announced the Spending Review, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS Englan...

What’s needed to make public services more responsive to local needs?

19.08.15: Nehal Davison (pictured), senior researcher at the Institute for Government, discusses how a new project will explore what attempts have been made to integrate public service delivery at a local level and make it more responsive to citizen needs...

Stats, facts and evidence in the general election

23.04.15: Is there any hope of getting more evidence into political debates running up to May? Jonathan Breckon, head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, explores the issues. Surely inconvenient statistics and research go out the window when it come...

Getting it right: restorative justice

01.02.15: Jon Collins, chief executive of the Restorative Justice Council, says restorative justice works – but must be delivered to a high standard. When it’s done right, restorative justice changes lives. It offers victims the opportuni...

Professionally disabled

13.12.14: Andy Rickell, CEO of Action on Disability and Work UK and a government adviser on disability issues, talks about the barriers and challenges for disabled people entering the professions. By very definition in traditional thought, the term &...

Recovery of public sector exit payments

12.10.14: Paul McFarlane of the Employment Lawyers Association says the government has created confusion and set itself an impossible task with its proposals to claw back public sector managers’ exit payments. In the foreword to its consultatio...

Unconscious bias: it’s all in the subtleties

01.08.14: Over the years negative, hostile behaviour towards women at work has generally been deemed overt sexism and therefore unacceptable. However, the subtle and no less insidious sexism continues to fester in the background, says Snéha Khilay, a...

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >

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