public service reform

Labour’s unreconciled dilemma

Adam Harrison  |  19 February 2016

As IPPR releases a raft of new reports on schools, housing and criminal justice reform, it is tempting to pursue business as usual and inspect its policy proposals. Times are, however, different. The ever-perceptive Stephen Daisley last month commented that Progress, rather than leading the ‘counterrevolution … spends most of its time debating how to reform public …

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Patients as partners, not nuisances

Karin Smyth MP  |  30 June 2015

NHS crisis, what NHS crisis? Take your pick. Accident and emergency, under-staffing, or any other local or national health crisis you can think of. In the next five years we can expect to lurch from one crisis to another. It is vital we understand their underlying causes because otherwise we will find it very difficult to …

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‘We can’t have any fudge in our politics’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

It is time for Labour’s first woman prime minister, argues Liz Kendall Wearing a Hillary Clinton signature pantsuit, Liz Kendall strides into the room. We meet her ahead of a whistle stop she is taking to the marginal seats Labour was expecting to win last month and needs to win if it is to replace …

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‘White flashing constellations of the digital age’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

Yvette Cooper claims the party must win back the businesswoman who said Labour ‘broke her heart’ David Cameron ‘has a woman problem,’ Yvette Cooper tells us, and she is determined to give him ‘an even bigger one’ by becoming the first female leader of the Labour party. Her ambition is to challenge him ‘personally’ to try …

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‘We’ve lacked emotional connection’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

The question for Labour is who is best placed to win in 2020, says Andy Burnham As someone who held positions as a special adviser, a minister and a secretary of state in the last Labour government it might be tempting for Andy Burnham to distance himself from New Labour’s record – for example, by …

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What is left for the left?

Adam Swersky  |  11 May 2015

Fresh from his trip to Buckingham Palace, David Cameron spent Friday night in his home away from home: Mark’s Club, a Mayfair-based private dining joint. Ah yes, he must have thought, the British people know my rightful place. For an old-fashioned Tory like Cameron, it is mission accomplished. A tight hold on the reins of …

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How Good We Can Be

Jacqui Smith  |  30 April 2015

For many the run-up to the 1997 election saw us clutching our pledge card in one hand and our copy of Will Hutton’s The State We’re In in the other. In How Good We Can Be, Hutton once again seeks to provide not just an analysis of the deepseated problems with the United Kingdom’s economy …

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A community approach to public service reform

Callum Anderson  |  23 March 2015

Over the last year, the concepts of localism and devolution have grown to become increasingly important in the lexicon of the political class. This, in the main, is in response to communities nationwide crying out for more control over their own affairs. Yet the fact remains that British governments of all political colours have all …

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The politics of empowerment and ‘let it go’

Noah Sin  |  23 March 2015

This week, Labour’s progressives convened in parliament, to discuss an emerging political agenda that is rising on the horizon – the politics of empowerment and ‘let it go’. ‘Let it Go: Power to the people in public services’ came on the back of a pamphlet of the same name co-authored by Liz Kendall, shadow minister …

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Great leaders foster great public services

Sonia Sodha  |  24 February 2015

Perhaps the most important insight from this collection of interviews by Liz Kendall MP and Steve Reed MP is the huge impact that people prepared to think differently about public services can have on the quality of local services. Whether it is social entrepreneurs like Josh MacAlister and Hilary Cottam trying different approaches or local …

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