Public Services and the Welfare State

  • plan for action
    Permalink Gallery

    Childhood Obesity: The biggest changes come from incremental steps not silver bullets

Childhood Obesity: The biggest changes come from incremental steps not silver bullets

The easy option is for a politician to tell campaigners what they want to hear. But campaigners rarely take the blame for any failure in future delivery on headline promises. Tony Hockley, former Special Adviser in the Department of Health, discusses the reactions to the Plan for Action on Childhood Obesity whilst making the case for a focus on incremental steps, not silver bullets.

In […]

The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness. But to maintain these characteristics, journalists need to be much more careful about how they scrutinise and present statistics to the public, write Amy Hawkins and Phoebe Arnold.

How much does the UK contribute to the EU each week? How tired did you […]

  • 118477951_44b1607861_z
    Permalink Gallery

    The trouble with the Troubled Families Programme – repeating the failed attempts of the past

The trouble with the Troubled Families Programme – repeating the failed attempts of the past

The Troubled Families Programme is once again in trouble in the news. A previous blog post showed how the policy was rolled out without proper evaluation. Here, Stephen Crossley and Michael Lambert outline the historical precedents for this type of family intervention policy, and argue that by not learning from past mistakes, the current programme is doomed to repeat […]

  • NHS-ribbons
    Permalink Gallery

    Co-operation, collaboration and competition – inside the mindset of NHS managers

Co-operation, collaboration and competition – inside the mindset of NHS managers

After two and a half decades of marketization, Pauline Allen argues that the attitudes of NHS managers towards competition in our health services are changing. Whilst in general NHS managers remain committed to co-operation and collaboration, pockets of pro-competitive thinking are present. However, a lack of clear policy direction leaves many managers preoccupied first of all with preserving their […]

  • meaurements
    Permalink Gallery

    Does measuring poverty multidimensionally make a difference?

Does measuring poverty multidimensionally make a difference?

Recently, there was some criticism of the government’s attempt to introduce a new child poverty measure in the UK. Here, Rod Hick looks at comparing multidimensional and poverty-based measures of income and argues that the distinctiveness of multidimensional analysis depends on whether we are interested in identifying vulnerable individuals or vulnerable groups and whether we focus on the individual […]

  • prison_bars
    Permalink Gallery

    Young offenders’ views rendered invalid: children must have a stronger voice in the system

Young offenders’ views rendered invalid: children must have a stronger voice in the system

Across the youth justice system, young offenders’ views are not being listened to and in turn there has been a failure to act upon their wishes. But if this reluctance to allow youth offenders to have a say in the care they are receiving is not addressed, there will be a negative impact both on their personalities and on […]

Can technology save the NHS?

The NHS has been facing considerable funding and service challenges. In response, a potentially damaging plan aiming to ‘reset’ the £2.45bn record deficit has been launched, while the impact of Brexit will only make things worse. Bob Hudson explains how bottom-up technology initiatives, backed by a robust strategy, can help tackle many of the challenges facing our health service and […]

  • 14868096104_7b30aecfed_z
    Permalink Gallery

    Why applying for citizenship is an anxiety filled process – and not just for applicants

Why applying for citizenship is an anxiety filled process – and not just for applicants

As we consider what post-Brexit citizenship might look like, it is crucial to understand the pervasiveness of anxiety and its integral role in shaping policy processes. Here, Anne-Marie Fortier discusses how anxiety is attached especially to English language ability for applicants, whilst also highlighting the role it plays for those on the other side of the process: the registrars checking applications  for citizenship or settlement.

Writing for The Guardian, […]

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
This work by British Politics and Policy at LSE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported.