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The bad behavioural science of more money for local government

More money for local government is good news – as long as the response to it is the right one

October 4, 2019

Behavioural science: it’s ok to fail

Reflections on the Behavioural Exchange Conference

September 16, 2019

‘If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’

Too often people are prescribed home care services to meet every possible need. Support needs to be tailored to individually boost independence.

September 9, 2019

With half of all hospital admissions avoidable, discussing demand isn’t optional

Using demand management and behavioural science can delay, reduce or eliminate unnecessary demand, and deliver better outcomes that cost less.

May 15, 2019

A plea to councils: put behaviour change at the heart of transformation

I joined the LGA’s ‘Behaviour Change’ conference this week. I was there to share our impact in Ealing through the Better Lives programme, and in particular how applied behavioural science has led to a massive 39% reduction in referrals from the front door to adult social care teams.

March 14, 2019

Tick tock, tick tock…… the Younger Adults financial time bomb

Many councils have focused attention on the Older People cohort to help address their financial challenges. Councils are now realising that they cannot continue to sidestep the financial pressure coming from the Younger Adults cohort.

February 28, 2019

Why the public sector would benefit from asking for help

Many community members harbour a willingness to get more involved in the lives of those around them - it just needs to be encouraged

October 19, 2018

Making behavioural science stick: six tips

Last week, Stephen Beet (Head of Service and Better Lives Programme Lead at Bristol City Council), Henrietta Curzon and I…

March 22, 2018

Why nudging (by itself) isn’t enough

We were delighted when the LGA recently announced that six more local organisations have won grants to deliver behavioural science-based…

January 8, 2018

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