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Adoption in the spotlight

Adoption – I agree with Dave This is a note with some personal reflections on the adoption debate. Before I…

October 29, 2011

A New Approach to Solving the Budget Problem

It’s about now that some councils are starting to face up to the realisation that they may fall short of…

October 27, 2011

Innovation – the art of saying “yes”

There is an interesting article in the Guardian about the importance of innovation, now more than ever, in the public…

August 31, 2011

Pop goes the Council?

The bloggers at WeLoveLocalGovernment (WLLG) have posed an interesting set of policy questions into the Twittersphere; namely ‘Does there come…

August 30, 2011

The MJ Awards 2011, sponsors of Personalisation and Choice Award

In May 2011 IMPOWER sponsored The MJ awards category for Personalisation and Choice Achievement of the Year. Jeremy Cooper, Director,…

August 29, 2011

Five Challenges for Genuine Public Service Reform

Reforming the UK’s public services is one of the toughest challenges for any government. In the UK we expect to…

July 31, 2011

The Local Government Resource Review – shouldn’t we start talking about it?

Why aren’t we all talking about the Local Government Resource Review (LGRR)? The what you say? The LGRR, according to…

July 29, 2011

Will Dilnot work? – Forget the national debate about the long term, it is up to local councils right now

Andrew Dilnot’s report on the future funding of social care is published today. It has already started a frantic scrabble…

July 19, 2011

Profiting from care – will greater externalisation lead to more incidents of abuse?

Recent reports exposing some appalling practice in privately run care homes, along with the on-going Southern Cross saga, are calling…

July 17, 2011

Public Services in Scotland – Christie Commission

The big news for public services in Scotland over the past few weeks has been the publication of the Commission…

July 16, 2011

David Cameron – betting it all on personal budgets?

It sounds like personal budgets are the main plank of David Cameron’s “Big Society white paper” that he is circulating…

June 30, 2011

The lesson from the Birmingham judgement – do the same as Birmingham Council, not the opposite!

I have discussed the Birmingham judgement (on 20th May, overturning Birmingham’s decision to move to supporting critical needs only) with…

June 29, 2011

‘A return to normalcy’ for local government?

As someone who believes local government can be hugely important force for a better, fairer society, I am passionate about…

June 27, 2011

Why (some) UK Local Government Transformations Fail

The scholarly amongst you will know I have adapted the title from John Kotter’s seminal article Why Transformation Efforts Fail…

May 28, 2011

Altering our images

Radical visions of organisational change in government are foundering; and whilst the lessons in each case are different, from Inverclyde…

May 27, 2011

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