Public Services and the Welfare State

Long term care policy is kicked into the long grass again

The Government’s announcement it will delay by four years the introduction of a cap on people’s liability for costs of social care is just the latest in a long line of failures to resolve the challenge of paying for long term care. Melanie Henwood examines the issues and concludes that all bets are off for an early resolution of this […]

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    Tackling in-work poverty requires far more than a boost to the National Minimum Wage

Tackling in-work poverty requires far more than a boost to the National Minimum Wage

The Government’s July budget announced a raft of measures to reduce the welfare budget by £12 billion by 2019/20 and, more surprisingly, the introduction of a ‘National Living Wage’. But will these changes lift the living standards of the millions that fall below what the public views to be an acceptable standard of living in contemporary Britain? Joanna Mack […]

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    The ‘choosiness’ of the unemployed: evidence on voluntary unemployment in the UK

The ‘choosiness’ of the unemployed: evidence on voluntary unemployment in the UK

In this article, Andrew Dunn presents research which finds that many unemployed people prefer living on benefits to undertaking jobs which would increase their income, but which they consider unattractive. 

Recent Labour and Coalition governments have increased both the number of conditions attached to receiving unemployment benefits (Jobseeker’s Allowance / JSA, soon to be Universal Credit) and the severity of […]

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    Instead of more inspections and regulation, the NHS needs to adopt a ‘bottom-up’ improvement model

Instead of more inspections and regulation, the NHS needs to adopt a ‘bottom-up’ improvement model

The evidence base for improving public health services by top-down regulation is thin. An alternative approach is the ‘bottom-up’ rather than the ‘top-down’ perspective. But what are the ingredients of a bottom-up service improvement model? In this article, Bob Hudson suggests three essential components: people, context and complexity. 
With the new UK Government seemingly wedded to enduring reductions in public expenditure, there is now a clearer […]

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    The number of households in the UK falling below the Minimum Income Standard continues to rise

The number of households in the UK falling below the Minimum Income Standard continues to rise

However you define poverty, households on the lowest incomes are falling further short of reaching a decent standard of living, writes Donald Hirsch.
Defining poverty is never easy. Last week’s reopening of the debate about its measurement revealed both the complexity of this issue and the willingness of people on both sides of the political debate to define to their […]

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    What will public management be like in Britain for the next five years?

What will public management be like in Britain for the next five years?

Having promised to cut spending rather than raise taxes to eliminate the deficit while at the same time promising additional spending in a whole host of areas, what can we expect public management to be like over the next five years? In this article, Perri 6 outlines the bleak future ahead, writing that even if public managers survive the next few years, they will still not be […]

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    The private provision of NHS clinical services: how is the NHS handling the contracts?

The private provision of NHS clinical services: how is the NHS handling the contracts?

How well are GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups equipped to handle contracts with private providers of NHS clinical services? In this article, Colin Leys finds that the case for outsourcing clinical work to private providers continues to lack evidential support, and that there should be an independent enquiry into the capacity of CCGs to handle major new contracts before they are allowed to be […]

The NHS: Promises and productivity

In the general election debate about healthcare, all the parties are seeking to portray an NHS protected from major public sector expenditure cuts, with expansion in some areas. But according to Alistair McGuire and John Van Reenen, this is only going to be viable through further efficiency savings of some kind – and even then it is not clear how […]

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