Why we don’t always need to think big

The world has never changed so fast and the public sector is far from exempt from such change. The needs of the general public, the economy, technological advances and new ways of working have all changed the shape and scope of the public sector over the past few years. Static is no longer an option… Read more

The end of austerity? I’d put the celebrations on ice

The end of austerity?

The new chancellor Philip Hammond has signalled a scaling back of austerity and it has been reported that the economy is now entering a “new phase”. But what does that mean for public sector spending – and does it also mean that I need to start penning my next book? I’d hold off any street… Read more

The changing scope of public services

Changing scope of public services

Many would argue that the scope of public services has altered radically from the vision shared by the architects of the welfare state in Britain. The benefits provided by the National Assistance Scheme were envisaged as a support to be called on in extremis, not as an entitlement that absolves the individual of any personal… Read more

What can we expect from this week’s Budget?

Prediction for the budget

The words of Radiohead’s song ‘No Surprises’ may prove to be a good predictor of Wednesday’s Budget. “A heart that’s full up like a landfill; A job that slowly kills you; Bruises that won’t heal” …… but please don’t take any of the other lyrics literally. Anyone actually listening to what George Osborne said on… Read more

How great is the threat we face?

How great is the threat we face

As I was finishing writing How to Survive Austerity (which is now available to buy on Amazon), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had just delivered the conclusions of the 2015 Spending Review. So as local authorities up and down the country prepare to deliver budgets for the next financial year, it seemed timely to… Read more

The rise (and some may say fall) of the public sector

Rise and fall of the public sector

The public service part of our economy touches every part of our lives, from the emptying of our bins at a local level, the defence of our realm on a global stage, the social services provided to the most vulnerable, through to open heart surgery and assurance of the cleanliness of the restaurants we eat… Read more

Giving a voice to the people behind our public services

I recently read a great article on the Guardian ‘For many library visitors, I’m the only person they’ve talked to all day’. It’s part of a series which aims to give a voice to the staff behind our public services and talk about the impact austerity is having on them. A great platform for those… Read more

A New Public Sector Rises from the Ashes of Austerity

The pressure on public service finances is severe, some would say unprecedented. Clearly public services can’t continue as the are. And all because of this thing we call austerity. In my last blog post I talked about my new book How to Survive Austerity: A Manager’s Guide to Doing More With Less and Emerging as… Read more

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