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Whitehall needs reform – and the Prime Minister needs to lead it

11 December 2013 13:41

James Forsyth is right. Whitehall does need reforming. But he is wrong to present this in stark terms of ministers versus mandarins. The real position is more complicated, and not… Continue reading

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Labour’s late to the policemens’ ball

6 December 2011 16:38

Labour has today unveiled a panel of experts to consider the future of British policing.  The review, chaired by the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, will report by spring… Continue reading

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Lansley’s real fight

13 October 2011 9:21

Yesterday was a rare good day for Andrew Lansley: the Health Bill survived its trial in the House of Lords. But there are no fanfares in this morning’s press for the… Continue reading

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Rescuing Lansley’s reforms

4 April 2011 9:08

The fate of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms is attracting apocalyptic headlines. A report in the Times (£) declares that a ‘last-ditch’ salvage is underway; the FT carries an editorial in… Continue reading

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Trouble with the big society

3 April 2011 10:59

A gaggle of academics have written to the Observer to condemn the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for accepting £100m from the government. The AHRC is conducting research into… Continue reading

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A 6 point guide to Hutton’s proposals

15 March 2011 15:32

The future of the public sector has become a tale of two Huttons. Last week, John Hutton disclosed his pension plans and today Will Hutton’s submitted his final recommendations on… Continue reading

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Pickles on the offensive against ‘propaganda sheets’

7 March 2011 18:05

Eric Pickles is no longer a genial giant. His speech to the Conservative Spring Forum was the rallying cry that many Conservatives in local government, some of whom will be… Continue reading

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May’s change of emphasis

2 March 2011 10:47

Theresa May has a new soundbite: police pay or police jobs. May has been asked to find cuts of 20 percent in the police budget. May insists that the frontline… Continue reading

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Of course Pickles is ambitious. He needs to be

1 March 2011 19:19

No one, most of all the normally genial Eric Pickles, said that reforming local government would be easy or quick. The New Local Government Network reports that the government’s plan… Continue reading

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Reforming government: the Cabinet Office

24 February 2011 16:21

Last week Reform published its 2011 scorecard of the Coalition Government’s public service reform programme. Following the articles on the health, welfare  and education reforms, Andrew Haldenby, Reform’s Director, discusses… Continue reading

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Reforming the NHS: accountability

21 February 2011 17:41

Last week, Reform published its 2011 public service reform scorecard. It judged each major government department against the three criteria set out by David Cameron: accountability, flexibility and value for… Continue reading

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From the archives: government for the Lib Dems, not the people

18 February 2011 18:05

The AV referendum campaign began in earnest today. Not without justification, the No campaign argue that AV is a Lib Dem cause, an innovation designed to make ensure they are… Continue reading

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A picture paints a thousand words

1 February 2011 9:00

Crime maps have formally reached England and Wales. The Home Office has unveiled www.police.uk and citizens can examine incidences and trends of crime in their local area. Naturally, the website… Continue reading

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The growing need for elected police commissioners

26 October 2010 11:13

The police are more Thin Blue Line than The Sweeney. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has found that 15 of 22 police authorities perform ‘adequately’, which is defined as meeting… Continue reading

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What you need to know ahead of the Spending Review: Crime

16 October 2010 16:17

This is the latest in our series of posts on the Spending Review with Reform. A list of previous posts can be found here. What is the budget? The UK… Continue reading

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GP Commissioning will be good for patients and the NHS

13 July 2010 17:58

Quite why people are surprised that Andrew Lansley has stuck to his plans to introduce GP Commissioning is a mystery.  I’m struggling to recall one of his speeches or policy… Continue reading

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The case for elected police commissioners

29 June 2010 18:11

This afternoon I had the privilege to speak in a panel discussion at the National Policing Conference in Manchester, held jointly by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and the… Continue reading

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