The coalition government is pressing ahead with the privatisation of the probation service in England and Wales in the hope of reducing re-offending rates despite serious concerns about the scale, pace and complexity of the changes. Noting the hitherto tepid political response, Rob Allen examines how the reforms are progressing and what they mean in practice, arguing that the validity of the MoJ’s expectations should […]
Research indicates that men are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences as a result of being unemployed than women
Poor health is an outcome of unemployment, and men tend to be far more affected than women. Jenny Gulliford talks about the findings of her latest report ‘Sick of Being Unemployed: The health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them’. She argues that the government must consider how ill-health in unemployed men could be […]
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has launched radical reforms of the police service, already the hardest hit of all public services. Why have the police plunged in political clout sufficiently to make the deep transformation in their resources and powers possible? The bottom line, writes Robert Reiner, is that the powerful are simply less dependent on public police protection, benefiting […]
The government’s Work Programme, whereby providers are paid on a results basis, is not fit for purpose and risks failing Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. Drawing on new research, Timothy Riley explains the problems with the funding model. In essence, getting the minimum performance benchmarks wrong creates a vicious circle of lower funding leading to lower performance, leading to still lower […]
Will the government’s new Help to Work scheme, recently launched, actually help people back into work? The evidence suggest that the placement element is ineffective. On the other hand, those receiving intensive support, provided as part of this scheme, may experience changes in behaviour that lead to improved job outcomes in the months after the end of the scheme. Jenny […]
PASC support for the creation of a single Public Services Ombudsman for England is welcome and timely
The government today released a report that proposes significant changes to the Ombudsman service in the UK. Crucially, the report argues for the creation of a single Public Services Ombudsman for England. Jane Tinkler outlines why this reform would better for individual citizens, better for improving services, and would bring about a more efficient redress system.
Today sees the publication of […]
Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging
Research by Roger Kline finds that black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are grossly under-represented at senior levels of the NHS and their presence has declined despite the increasing number of BME nurses and doctors. Urgent discussion and action is needed to prevent further damage to staff well being and to patient care.
The NHS is England’s largest employer of Black […]
Qualitative research into the impact of welfare reforms have found that they led to an erosion of resilience and increased sense of powerlessness, often making people less able to get into work. Demanding more and more from people whose access to support has been drastically cut won’t help the government’s welfare reforms to succeed in their objectives, argues Liam Crosby.
DWP Ministers have been […]