Public sector

Mutually assured benefits: Francis Maude’s public sector revolution

2 August 2014 9:45

A revolution is underway in Bromley. The average time that it takes for a leg ulcer to be treated and…

Should public servants go on strike?

11 July 2014 19:24

David Cameron has promised to change the law to make it harder to go on strike if he wins the…

Unions are harming their members’ interests with strikes

11 July 2014 14:15

Industrial relations experts have said that the latest public sector strikes are unlikely to have any impact on government policy.…

Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain

3 March 2014 10:06

If politics was science, you would call Wales the ‘control’ group, for public service reform. Here is a country where…

Do public sector job cuts hit women disproportionately?

7 March 2013 13:31

As we move towards the budget we will be hearing more and more warnings about the impact of further cuts…

Employment returns to pre-crash levels

12 September 2012 14:30

Employment has almost entirely recovered to its pre-recession peak, according to today’s new figures. Total employment for May to July…

Is it payback time for the public sector?

5 September 2012 20:07

What’s next in David Cameron’s intray? If he’s feeling butch and fancies a fight, he might want to consider bringing…

The state needs to be stronger

21 July 2012 12:12

Louise Casey, the government’s ‘troubled families’ tsar, is in loud voice in this morning’s Telegraph. The government, she says, must…

Cameron should be proud of jobs rise

11 July 2012 13:30

David Cameron said in Prime Minister’s Questions today that there have been 800,000 more private sector jobs under his government.…

How not to create jobs

15 June 2012 15:00

The Keynes vs Hayek debate is at its sharpest on the issue of employment. Can government create jobs (as Balls…

The doctors’ strike

30 May 2012 19:15

No public sector strike is easy to sell to the public. I recently did a stint of jury service and…

Regional pay: a new coalition divide

17 May 2012 15:31

As if Lords reform, communications surveillance powers and same-sex marriage weren’t enough, it looks like there’s another issue that’ll cause…

Choice — easy to talk about, a slog to deliver

29 March 2012 13:16

The birth of the White Paper on public service reform was a tortuous business — but, now it’s been out…

Osborne’s economic and political reasons for local pay rates

17 March 2012 13:05

George Osborne has just fired the first shot in the fight over the 2012 Budget. His decision to introduce local…

Unemployment’s high, but at least it’s stopped rising

14 March 2012 14:41

So, new jobs figures out today. Which do you want first: the bad news, or the kind-of-alright news? The bad…

May’s quiet revolution

3 March 2012 16:55

Do you remember the great parliamentary battle over privatisation of police services? Me neither, which is why Theresa May, the…

The dark side of the Big Society

24 February 2012 8:56

The A4e scandal is getting worse. Emma Harrison has quit as David Cameron’s back-to-work tsar, the police are still investigating…

Balls’ attempt at credibility falls short

14 January 2012 10:17

‘I must be responsible and credible in what I say.’ No, it’s not Bart Simpson writing on the blackboard at…

Unions hit government on pension changes

5 January 2012 17:52

The coalition’s plan to leave the Public and Commercial Services Union isolated in its opposition to the proposed changes to…

Why ‘starving the beast’ may not work

20 December 2011 18:34

Steven F. Hayward’s audit of the state of American conservatism, which David Brooks judges to be one of the best…