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Friday 15th July 2011

Adult social care is fundamentally broken

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In 2010, the former Prime Minister published a review of adult social care in which the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) argued that the system was fundamentally broken. A year on and very little has changed to alter our pessimistic assessment. Indeed in recent weeks, this diagnosis has been reconfirmed by a number of inter-related developments, including:
Date:
Friday 15th July 2011
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Research, Social Sciences

Changing behaviour and debating social values? What's the role of education in the 'big society'?

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The much-touted phrase 'from nanny to nudge' symbolises the Coalition Government's aspirations to find new ways to shape the habits and attitudes of good citizenship and to spread them more widely. Policy makers hope to change our expectations of what local and national government should provide, our ideas about who might provide them, and our commitment to changing our own and others' behaviours in all areas of our lives.
Date:
Friday 15th July 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 14th July 2011

A new settlement for public services requires a new generation of public servants

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With thousands of public sector workers striking this week and the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister both speaking at the Local Government Conference in Birmingham the future of public services has rarely seemed a more divisive or topical issue.
Date:
Thursday 14th July 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 9th June 2011

Cash or Credit? UK public spending cuts and the IMF

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George Osborne has doggedly fought back at critics of the government's austerity strategy, repeating the mantra that sustaining the 'policy credibility' of UK plc with financial markets and investors is the paramount challenge facing this parliament. This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been able to draw on an apparent endorsement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for his agenda of public spending cuts and the Coalition's broader economic policy choices. But is the IMF's 'endorsement' all that the Chancellor makes it out to be?
Date:
Thursday 9th June 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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