The Guardian, Sept. 30th 2009, p. 2
Results of the first phase of the Total Place programme, where services are delivered on the basis of theme rather than by organisation, show improvements to quality as well as cost reductions. Total Place is being piloted in 13 areas in England. Results were submitted to the Government last week.
Daily Telegraph, Sept 30th 2009, p. 1
In a speech to the 2009 Labour Party conference, Gordon Brown unveiled policies that will be at the heart of Labour's 2010 election manifesto, including:
(See also Daily Telegraph, Oct. 1st 2009, p. 4-5)
Daily Telegraph, Sept. 9th 2009, p. 12
Under the Equality Bill all public bodies will be legally obliged to consider how they can reduce socio-economic inequalities when making decisions about spending and services. The Audit Commission and Ofsted will be expected to monitor how public bodies plan to reduce the class divide. The new legal obligations could trigger significant shifts in the allocation of public spending. For example, Ofsted could be told to make sure that education authorities are targeting resources on children from working class homes.
Labour Research, Sept. 2009, p. 23-25
Social enterprises have been embraced by both the Labour government and the Conservative opposition as a solution to the challenge of delivering efficient and effective public services such as health and social care. This article explores the nature of social enterprises and what their expansion could mean for trade unions.
Social Enterprise Journal, vol.5, 2009, p. 104-113
The Social Enterprise Coalition is the UK's national body for social enterprise. It works to influence the policy agenda to improve the environment for social enterprises, to promote and raise awareness of social enterprise, to spread best practice and to build the evidence base on social enterprise. This paper provides an overview of the recent policy background, and suggests some emerging areas for social enterprise research that could be particularly fruitful from a policy perspective.
J. Hills, T. Sefton and K. Stewart (editors)
Bristol: Policy Press, 2009
As New Labour approaches the end of an unprecedented third term in office, this book asks whether Britain is more equal now than it was in 1997. It provides: